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US: Most Rental Assistant Funds Not Yet Distributed, Figures Show United States

 The New York Times (25.08.2021) Just $1.7 billion in funds intended to prevent eviction were disbursed in July as the White House braces for a Supreme Court decision that could strike down its eviction moratorium.

Housing covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/25/us/politics/eviction-rental-assistance.html?… pmassetti
Digital bodies and digitalised welfare: North-South linkages in the politics of food assistance and social welfare sudan, india, united kingdom

ideas.repec.org (2021) This paper examines North–South linkages in the politics of contemporary food assistance and social welfare, and in particular the normalisation of poverty and humanitarian crisis caused by increased digitalisation, privatisation and individualisation of aid or welfare.…

ICT, Digital inclusion Published_SS_Monitor https://ideas.repec.org/p/ems/euriss/135643.html pmassetti
India And Unemployment: Covid-19 And Its Impact On The Indian Workforce india

Forbes India (20.08.2021) Structural weaknesses in the jobs market, amplified by Covid-19, continue to quietly impact many, particularly women and younger workers. Creating sustainable, quality employment opportunities need urgent policy attention and reforms

Unemployment covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.forbesindia.com/article/take-one-big-story-of-the-day/reemploying-i… pmassetti
The Increase in Social Protection Programs During COVID-19

BORGEN (14.08.2021) In an attempt to protect from economic disaster in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments enacted an unprecedented number of social protection programs. According to the World Bank, Social protection “traditionally consists of labor markets, pensions, social funds and…

Shocks & extreme events covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.borgenmagazine.com/social-protection-programs/ pmassetti
Polish government announces new child benefits for families to "create the future of our nation" poland

notesfrompoland.com (17.08.2021) The Polish government has unveiled plans for a new child benefit scheme. It hopes that the policy will provide an “incentive to have more children”, who will “create the future of our nation”. Under the “Family Welfare Capital” scheme approved by the cabinet…

Family benefits Published_SS_Monitor https://notesfrompoland.com/2021/08/17/polish-government-announces-new-child-be… pmassetti
Bangladesh: Redesigning social safety net programmes to mitigate Covid-19 impacts bangladesh

thefinancialexpress.com.bd (10.08.2021) The Government of Bangladesh has allocated 17.83 per cent of the total budget for fiscal 2021-22 for Social Safety Net Programmes (SSNPs). The coverage is diverse; it includes programmes related to poverty eradication, education, health, infrastructure,…

Social Policies & Programmes covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://thefinancialexpress.com.bd/views/redesigning-social-safety-net-programm… pmassetti
Redesigning Canada’s social safety net for the post-pandemic economy canada

policyoptions.irpp.org (10.08.2021) COVID revealed the shortcomings of Employment Insurance and income-support programs. As the economy rebuilds, now’s the time to examine the system.

Unemployment covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/august-2021/redesigning-canadas-social… pmassetti
Volvo Cars Family Bond gives all employees 24 weeks paid parental leave - Volvo Cars Global Media Newsroom sweden

Volvo Cars is opting in its 40,000+ employees around the globe, in all plants and offices, into a new all-gender, paid parental leave policy as of April 1, 2021. The ‘Family Bond’ policy will give all employees with at least one year’s service a total of 24 weeks of leave at 80 per cent of their…

Parental leave https://www.media.volvocars.com/global/en-gb/media/pressreleases/280244/volvo-c… rruggia
India: Migrant workers cry neglected by the Government. How has the Covid-19 pandemic crisis highlighted the need for social security? india

 Inventiva (20.07.2021) India’s pandemic crisis has had its heart-rending consequences on millions of people across informal sectors.

Migration covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.inventiva.co.in/stories/tanish/migrant-workers-cry-neglected-by-the… pmassetti
Spain inches ahead with pension reform spain

Pension Policy International (19.07.2021) Spain will pay workers to postpone retirement as part of a pensions reform strategy that analysts warn does not go far enough to cut a huge deficit in the system.

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.pensionpolicyinternational.com/spain-inches-ahead-with-pension-refo… pmassetti
To tackle COVID-19 outbreaks, ASEAN MPs call for more inclusive policies for migrant workers Asia

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights - JAKARTA – As COVID-19 cases surge in Thailand and Malaysia, as well as elsewhere in the region, Southeast Asian lawmakers urge these governments to take more inclusive measures to protect everyone without discrimination, regardless of their migration…

Migration covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://aseanmp.org/2021/07/19/to-tackle-covid-19-outbreaks-asean-mps-call-for-… pmassetti
Pandemic has eroded past efforts to fix unemployment, inequality, say BRICS Ministers india

The Economic Times (15.07.2021) The labour ministers of five BRICS nations -Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa on Thursday, said the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the efforts made in the past to address unemployment, decent work deficits and inequality. “Discussion on four…

Unemployment brics, covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://m.economictimes.com/news/economy/indicators/pandemic-has-eroded-past-ef… pmassetti
Report: Employment and Social Developments in Europe review shows diverse impact of COVID-19 crisis european union

European Commission (06.07.2021) This review provides an up-to-date economic analysis of the steps the European Union (EU) is taking towards a strong social Europe, particularly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. This ESDE report shows that the social impact of the…

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&amp%3BcatId=89&amp%3BnewsId=1003… pmassetti
India: Delhi govt launches social security scheme for Covid-19 affected families india

Times of India (06.07.2021) Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday launched a scheme and an online portal to provide financial assistance to families who lost their loved ones to Covid-19 and asked officials not to find faults in their claim applications. Under the 'Mukhyamantri Covid-…

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday launched a scheme and an online portal to provide financial assistance to families who lost their loved ones to Covid-19 and asked officials not to find faults in their claim applications. Under the 'Mukhyamantri Covid-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata…

Family benefits, Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary, Published_SS_Monitor https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/delhi-govt-launches-social-secur… pmassetti
Germany finally launches basic pension scheme germany

Pension Policy International (09.07.2021) Germany’s basic pension scheme kicks off this July Shortly before the federal election in September, Germany’s coalition government is finally delivering on its promise to top-up insubstantial pension benefits to ensure a basic standard of living for all…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.pensionpolicyinternational.com/germany-finally-launches-basic-pensi… pmassetti
Looking beyond COVID-19: Strengthening the role of Family Support Services

oecd.org (March 2021) The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for many families: in addition to health and economic issues, policy measures such as lockdowns, school closures and teleworking from home out considerable stress on families. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted immediate…

Family benefits covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.oecd.org/els/family/family-support-services-2021.htm pmassetti
National cash transfer responses to Covid-19: operational lessons learned for social protection system-strengthening and future shocks

odi.org (09.07.2021) Before Covid-19, many countries were engaged in the process of strengthening core social protection systems and exploring ways to develop their shock-responsive capacity. However, these system-building efforts were still nascent in many low- and middle-income countries (LICs…

Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://odi.org/en/publications/national-cash-transfer-responses-to-covid-19-op… pmassetti
Why Predictive Modeling is Critical in the Fight against COVID-19 Americas

Introduction: A number of predictive models and forecasting exercises have been developed by various organizations, such as research groups, academic institutions, hospitals, and consulting companies, with the main aim to support health systems in with COVID-19 strategic decision making,…

Data Analytics, Covid-19 https://iris.paho.org/handle/10665.2/52276 rruggia
English families get extended support with food and utility bills united kingdom

The government’s COVID Local Support Grant, first introduced in December 2020, has been extended through to September bringing it in line with the end date for furlough and other COVID-related support. This is beyond the planned ending of restrictions, to help families get back on their feet as…

The government’s COVID Local Support Grant, first introduced in December 2020, has been extended through to September bringing it in line with the end date for furlough and other COVID-related support. This is beyond the planned ending of restrictions, to help families get back on their feet as…

Family benefits covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary https://www.gov.uk/government/news/english-families-get-extended-support-with-f… pmassetti
UK: Child payment rollout hindered by data concerns united kingdom

 BBC News (22.07.2021) The rollout of a benefit aimed at tackling child poverty in Scotland could be in jeopardy unless eligible families can be identified, according to a House of Commons committee.

Family benefits covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-57572813 pmassetti
Malaysian government unveils $36bn COVID-19 aid package malaysia

capital.com (29.06.2021) Malaysia announced a MYR150bn ($36bn) economic aid package as the Southeast Asian nation continues to grapple with COVID-19 restrictions. The package has aspects such as direct cash transfers to citizens, assistance to small and medium enterprises and additional…

Malaysia announced a MYR150bn ($36bn) economic aid package as the Southeast Asian nation continues to grapple with COVID-19 restrictions. The package has aspects such as direct cash transfers to citizens, assistance to small and medium enterprises and additional healthcare spending. The…

Unemployment, Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary https://capital.com/malaysian-government-unveils-36bn-covid-19-aid-package pmassetti
COVID-19 and the Irish welfare system ireland

ESRI (21.06.2021) COVID-19 had, and continues to have, a strong negative effect on incomes in Ireland due to widespread job losses as the measures put in place to slow the spread of the disease resulted in severe economic restrictions. Despite the existence of unemployment supports, additional…

Shocks & extreme events covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.esri.ie/publications/covid-19-and-the-irish-welfare-system pmassetti
Uganda: Govt to Extend Covid Money Countrywide uganda

allAfrica.com - Taxi drivers and boda boda cyclists cross the country whose businesses were affected by the lockdown will benefit from the government Covid cash, Mr James Ebitu, the director of social protection in the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, has said. Other groups in…

Taxi drivers and boda boda cyclists cross the country whose businesses were affected by the lockdown will benefit from the government Covid cash, Mr James Ebitu, the director of social protection in the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, has said. Other groups in all urban centres…

Extension of coverage, Cash transfers covid19 Published Measures summary https://allafrica.com/stories/202106230844.html pmassetti
A year into the pandemic, welfare “innovation” continues to penalise the poor

Privacy International (22.06.2021) The global Covid-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst for technology-intensive initiatives for welfare distribution, coming at a high cost to human rights and inclusion: enforcing automated discrimination, exacerbating existing inequalities and compromising…

Digital inclusion covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4582/year-pandemic-welfare-innovatio… pmassetti
Protecting people working through platforms: Commission launches second-stage consultation of social partners Europe

New EC consultation on platform work

Interesting pdf summarizing issues.

Digital economy digital platforms https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=89&newsId=10025&furtherNew… mgerecke