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How can the different services available to people in precarious situations work hand in hand to ensure an integrated support for those in need, ensuring the available support has the best possible impact? 

This year, the European Social Network (ESN) together with the Department of Gironde, the National Directorate General of Solidarity and Social Cohesion in France (DGCS) and the National Association of Directors of Social Care and Health in County Councils (ANDASS), has the pleasure of inviting ESN members to its annual Seminar on “Partnerships for Social Inclusion - Integrating Minimum Income and Social Services” between 26-27 September 2022 in Bordeaux, France.

Confronted with multiple social problems, minimum income beneficiaries often require more than monetary support to get out of their precarious situation.  Access to services such as child care, healthcare, housing professional training and job counselling is often key for their enhanced social inclusion and participation in the labour market. Coordination across those services is necessary to ensure people in social difficulties get the most effective support.  

However, research shows that not everyone entitled to access these schemes does, which means that people in need do not receive the right type of support impacting in their inclusion and integration with the benefits this process brings into the economy and societies. Therefore, outreach approaches are key to reach out to those in need of support, helping them access and navigate the system. 

The European Pillar of Social Rights acknowledges the right to access those services. For instance its principle 14 stipulates that everyone lacking sufficient resources has the right to adequate minimum income benefits and effective access to enabling goods and services as well as the right to personalised, continuous and consistent support to employment.  Principle 19 recognises the right to “Housing and assistance for the homeless”, which often relates to the population group that receives or qualifies for minimum income benefits.

Confronted with multiple social problems, minimum income beneficiaries often require more than monetary support to get out of their precarious situation.  Access to services such as child care, healthcare, housing professional training and job counselling is often key for their enhanced social inclusion and participation in the labour market. Coordination across those services is necessary to ensure people in social difficulties get the most effective support.  

However, research shows that not everyone entitled to access these schemes does, which means that people in need do not receive the right type of support impacting in their inclusion and integration with the benefits this process brings into the economy and societies. Therefore, outreach approaches are key to reach out to those in need of support, helping them access and navigate the system. 

The European Pillar of Social Rights acknowledges the right to access those services. For instance its principle 14 stipulates that everyone lacking sufficient resources has the right to adequate minimum income benefits and effective access to enabling goods and services as well as the right to personalised, continuous and consistent support to employment.  Principle 19 recognises the right to “Housing and assistance for the homeless”, which often relates to the population group that receives or qualifies for minimum income benefits.

Nicole Fondeville, Economic and social analyst, Applica, Co-Author of recent EC Study on Minimum Income Support

Francesco Cenedese, Social Protection Analyst & Co-lead of the Case Compass initiative, Worldbank

Peter Lelie, Representative of the Social Protection Committee, Presenting on the SPC initiative report on minimum income

Chiara Crepaldi, Researcher, Institute of Social Research Milan, author of studies on minimum income and coordinator of the European project on integrated approaches to minimum income support (Reticulate)

Mickaël Portela, Expert on outreach and non-take-up, Head of the European and International Office at the Directorate for Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health

Ann Flagg, Senior Director, Policy and Practice, American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)

Contact Martin Lichte at Martin.Lichte@esn-eu.org.  ESN members wishing to participate can do so via the ESN members area here