Non-take up of social benefits
The group Eurofound published a study on the non-take up of social benefits and the solutions that could be implemented to promote access to social rights.
The report first focuses on the identification of people with a higher propensity to non-take up of social benefits and the reasons of this non-take up.
The main reasons are a lack of information, complicated procedures for accessing these benefits, lack of clarity and the stigma attached to those rights or social stigma feeling. The decrease of non-take up of social benefits contributes to the objectives of the European Union to ensure equity, fight against poverty and promote equal opportunities.
These benefits are used to make insertion in the labor market easier or limit greater economic and social costs, particularly among the most vulnerable populations.
The report then proposes to assign these benefits automatically, without procedure or application, it highlights the need for a proactive administrative system which indicates the benefit as soon as the beneficiary may have the right to receive it and the implementation of more efficient communication and information systems. This study proposes to rate the non-take up of social benefits as a benefit performance indicator and, finally, to improve awareness campaigns among rights holders.
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The sustainable development goals of the UN, a new roadmap to 2030
In line with the Millennium Development Goals, the UN has set new Sustainable Development Goals for the coming years. Among the new objectives in September 2015, we can notice that they aim at reducing poverty, violence against children and improving education, access to health and struggle for gender equality.
Although there is no objective that makes explicit reference to children's rights and human rights and that no State is obliged to measure the impact of their sustainable development policies on human rights humans, we recall that it is the function of the State to ensure and ensure compliance with the minimum standards defined by the Human rights.