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Towards an inclusive local social policy


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In this PWO study, we examine how aid agencies such as PCSWs and CAWs (can) succeed in improving access to basic needs through general prevention initiatives.

Before testing the basic principles of desirable prevention against the current practice of local social policy, we need to gain a clear insight into the scope and severity of the problems. How many families (especially those receiving budget and debt assistance) are currently living on too little discretionary income? Which families are affected? What are their socio-economic characteristics?

We will then look at the strategies families use to survive on too little income over a long period, and the consequences for individual family members and society. This will give us a good insight into the resources and tools families use in their daily 'struggle for life'.

After all, an effective inclusive local social policy cannot but be empowering and must recognise, include and further strengthen the own strengths of the target group concerned.

Discover Making the most of the minimum. A research report on the impact of long-term living in poverty and the survival strategies families use (in Dutch).

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Research manager

Bérénice Storms

PhD in social sciences. Research manager Centre of Expertise Budget and Financial Well-being


Leen Van Thielen

Leen holds a degree in Sociology from VUB and is currently working as a researcher on projects focusing on reference budgets and poverty reduction.