Social Security Media Monitor


Social Security Media Monitor

The Social Security Media Monitor offers a selection of social security news articles from media around the world. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the ISSA is not responsible for the content of external sites.

25 May 2020
Universal Basic Income is gathering support. Has it ever worked – and could it work in the UK? (20.05.2020)Spain has just taken the first step towards it. Many feel the UK needs it. So is UBI a Utopian ideal, or a necessary salvation?

22 May 2020
Supporting livelihoods during the COVID-19 crisis: closing the gaps in safety nets

oecd (20.05.2020) This policy brief discusses the measures countries have taken to support the livelihoods of those who cannot access unemployment benefits or short-term work schemes. It examines the raft of new programmes introduced across the OECD and beyond, including means-tested assistance, new cash transfer schemes, and direct support for those struggling to meet their expenses. It also discusses how to close social protection gaps beyond the crisis to ensure inclusive growth post-COVID-19.Supporting livelihoods during the COVID-19crisis: closing the gaps in safety nets

21 May 2020
Spain set to introduce permanent basic income scheme to rebuild economy post-coronavirus (19.05.2020) Up to a million Spanish families could soon receive an ongoing monthly payment to help them through the coronavirus crisis as the country’s government looks set to approve a €3 billion ($A5 billion) basic income scheme. The program, targeting low or no income families, will likely remain beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, which is expected to push the unemployment rate to more than 20 per cent in the country of almost 47 million people, according to the International Monetary Fund. 

21 May 2020
France: Une 5e branche de la Sécurité sociale en préparation

Le HuffPost (20.05.2020) Le gouvernement va proposer la création d’une cinquième branche de la Sécurité sociale pour faire face aux dépenses liées à la perte d’autonomie

19 May 2020
España: Servicio CASIA para reforzar la atención del RED (22.04.2020) Para reforzar la atención que se presta al autorizado RED con el fin de proporcionar una asistencia acorde con las necesidades de este colectivo y que potencie la utilización del canal telemático, se ha puesto a disposición de los autorizados RED un nuevo servicio denominado CASIA  (Coordinación, Atención y Soporte Integral al Autorizado RED) que está disponible en la Oficina Virtual del Sistema RED y a través del cual se pueden plantear consultas, comunicar errores o incidencias, así como presentar solicitudes de trámites.

10 May 2020
Argentina: Cobertura médica para niñas y niños cuya inscripción no pudo finalizarse (07.04.2020) A través de la resolución 309/2020, el Gobierno Nacional dispone que los hijos de afiliados a Agentes del Seguro de Salud o Entidades de Medicina Prepaga, nacidos a partir del 20 de febrero de 2020 y por los cuales no se haya podido completar el trámite del DNI, sean incorporados de manera provisoria y por el término de hasta 45 días corridos posteriores a la fecha de finalización del período de aislamiento social, preventivo y obligatorio, con la sola acreditación del nacimiento.

10 May 2020
Argentina: Salario complementario para trabajadores en el sector privado (20.04.2020) El Decreto 376/2020 sobre el Programa de Asistencia de Emergencia al Trabajo y la Producción estableció un salario complementario correspondiente al mes de febrero, que consiste en una asignación abonada por el Estado Nacional (50%) para los trabajadores y las trabajadoras en relación de dependencia del sector privado.

10 May 2020
Argentina: El Gobierno amplía a 12 la red nacional de Hospitales Modulares de Emergencia (03.04.2020) Frente a la Emergencia Sanitaria decretada por el Gobierno Nacional para contener el Coronavirus-COVID 19, el Ministerio de Obras Públicas construirá otros cuatro Hospitales Modulares de Emergencia, ampliando la red nacional de 8 a un total de 12.

10 May 2020
Argentina: Refuerzos en la política alimentaria (17.03.2020) Se estableció un incremento de las partidas para la asistencia alimentaria en comedores escolares, comedores comunitarios y merenderos. “Es un refuerzo presupuestario adicional sobre la base de que estamos trabajando para ir a un esquema de viandas o de entrega de módulos alimentarios para evitar el traslado de personas, y de acuerdo a las maneras y particularidades de cada provincia”, explicó el ministro. También se incrementó la frecuencia de la distribución de la Tarjeta Alimentar de cada tres semanas a semanalmente.

8 May 2020
Brazil: Government will direct R $4.5 billion of DPVAT to reinforce SUS budget (16.03.2020) The government will direct R$4.5 billion that are in the DPVAT (a compulsory insurance paid by motor vehicles’ owners) fund to reinforce the SUS budget (Universal Health Insurance), Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said earlier. He said that a source was thus found to double the resources directed to the Ministry of Health to face the coronavirus crisis. Last week, R $ 5 billion were released for the portfolio.

8 May 2020
Covid-19 and social protection needs: who are the most vulnerable?

Institute of Development Studies (07.05.2020) Covid-19 has created a multi-layered crisis in societies across the world. Apart from the devastating direct effects of the pandemic on those infected and their families, health systems, economies, education, social life and psychological wellbeing have all been compromised. Covid-19 exacerbates pre-existing vulnerabilities (‘Covid-intensified’) and creates new vulnerabilities (‘Covid-specific’). Groups who are vulnerable to the secondary economic impacts include: urban informal workers, rural agricultural households, migrants, International Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees, pastoralists and children.

8 May 2020
Half the world's workers face losing their jobs, says ILO

Al Jazeera (29.04.2020) The loss in working hours due to the coronavirus pandemic means 1.6 billion workers may lose their livelihoods.

8 May 2020
India: EPFO income dips as deposits are deferred, withdrawals rise (08.05.2020) The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is set to face an income crisis, which will have a direct bearing on millions of its subscribers’ PF earnings in 2020-21. A million workers have already withdrawn their EPF savings in last five weeks to tide over income loss caused by the ongoing lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
EPFO has settled almost ₹3,000 crore of claims by now; this could double by internal estimates

7 May 2020
Cameroun: Suspension temporaire des contrôles sur place de la Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale (CNPS) (30.04.2020) La CNPS a décidé la suspension, pour une durée de trois mois, à savoir avril, mai et juin, des contrôles sur place de la Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale (CNPS).

6 May 2020
Croatia: Grants to self-employed exempted from personal income tax (23.03.2020) Grants to self-employed individuals used to alleviate the effect of the current crisis would not be regarded as taxable receipts (i.e. they will not be subject to personal income tax from self-employed activity).

6 May 2020
Croatia: Temporary suspension of employment and self-employment grants (26.03.2029) Temporary suspension of previous grants for self-employment and employment in order to secure additional funds for preserving jobs in COVID 19 affected sectors.

5 May 2020
Africa’s coronavirus safety nets cannot cover all

The New Humanitarian (04.05.2020 ) African governments moved fast to contain COVID-19, but providing support to those hit hardest among the urban poor is more difficult.

4 May 2020
Is COVID-19 Pakistan’s Black Swan Event for Digital Payments?

Center For Global Development (01.05.2020) The Ehsaas Emergency Cash program was launched at the end of March to distribute funds to 12 million families (an estimated 67 million people) whose livelihood has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic or its aftermath. Each eligible family is entitled to 12,000 Pakistani rupees (PKR), equivalent to $72.07. As of the end of April, 6.6 million beneficiary families representing some 37 million people had already received the payment, for a total of PKR 79.2 billion ($476 million). Cash can be picked up at 17,000 distribution centers set up nationwide, after biometric authentication against the database of NADRA (the National Database and Registration Authority), which houses the digital identity of 122 million citizens. The program has been an important way to get much-needed cash to those affected, but it also presents an opportunity to advance digital payments in a way that benefits the poor—but only if stakeholders seize the moment.

30 April 2020
The IMF show support for Universal Transfers as a temporary tool during COVID-19 crisis 

Development Pathways (24.04.2020) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released the first part of a Special Series on Fiscal Policies to Respond to COVID-19 titled “Managing Fiscal Risks under Fiscal stress” that looks at “the Impact on Households: Assessing Universal Transfers (UT)”. 

16 April 2020
Chatbots provide millions with COVID-19 information every day, but they can be improved - here’s how

World Economic Forum (06.04.2020) The COVID-19 pandemic has helped widen global usage for chatbot technology. After the pandemic, the use of chatbots for healthcare applications will continue to grow. Public and private stakeholders must come together to maximize these benefits while minimizing risks.