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Reference budgets for Decent Income


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Autonomy of the PCSW

According to the PCSW Act of 1976, everyone in our country has the right to social services. This right obliges the PCSWs to take every request for assistance seriously and to assess whether community intervention in the form of material or non-material assistance is appropriate on the grounds of human dignity.  The decision on what assistance to provide is part of the autonomy of a PCSW. This freedom of policy ensures that assistance can be provided as closely as possible to the individual needs of the client. The downside is that there is a wide variety of assistance and services. REMI helps staff and policymakers gain insight into the minimum income needed to participate in society.


REMI calculates the minimum income needed to live in dignity for each individual client situation. This reference budget is compared with the client's actual disposable income. The difference gives the additional income the client needs if income cannot be increased and fixed expenses cannot be reduced. REMI provides uniform criteria for assessing living conditions in terms of human dignity, tailored to each client. Thus, the same client in different PCSWs will arrive at the same reference budget, and different client situations within the same PCSW will lead to different reference amounts.

Vergadering waarbij er een berekening van een menswaardig inkomen wordt besproken

We replaced all existing allowances, such as the rent allowance, energy allowance and our allowance for communion and spring celebrations, with additional financial support based on REMI. It is an objective and fair way of doing things. The municipal allowance for the CPAS is fixed and we manage to do with it. So we want to do better with the same amount of resources.

Renaat Vandenbulcke, OCMW president Menen

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