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.

7 April 2020
Spanish Government Aims to Roll Out Basic Income ‘Soon’

Bloomberg (05.04.2020) The Spanish government is working to roll out a universal basic income as soon as possible, as part of a battery of actions aimed at countering the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Economy Minister Nadia Calvino. Social Security Minister Jose Luis Escriva is coordinating the project and plans to put some sort of basic income “in place as soon as possible,” with the main focus on assisting families, Calvino, who also serves as deputy prime minister, said in an interview Sunday night with Spanish broadcaster La Sexta. But the government’s broader ambition is that basic income becomes an instrument “that stays forever, that becomes a structural instrument, a permanent instrument,” she said.

3 April 2020
Opinion- Report : What has the Covid-19 crisis taught us about social protection? (April 2020) The COVID-19 crisis has taught us some swift and valuable truths about social protection. In this new context, the simplistic dichotomy of the ‘poor and non-poor’ – which has often driven social protection policy – makes even less sense than it did prior to the crisis. Today’s apparently secure formal sector employee is tomorrow’s ‘poor person,’ once s/he becomes ill or loses their job and income. We need to think differently about the way we conceptualise social security, and we must remember these lessons long after the crisis is over.

27 March 2020
Hong-Kong: Cash payout of $10,000 to permanent residents (26.02.2020)

To stimulate the economy by boosting local consumption and relieve the financial burden on the community, Mr Chan announced a cash payout of $10,000 to Hong Kong permanent residents aged 18 or above. "This measure, which involves an expenditure of about $71 billion, is expected to benefit about 7 million people," Mr Chan said.  

23 March 2020
Canada: Opinion: In normal times, universal basic income is a bad idea. But it’s the wisest solution for COVID-19 economic strain

The Globe and Mail (19:03.2020) The government of Canada has responded to the economic crisis facing Canadian families by proposing to spend $27-billion dollars, by making existing programs easier to access (employment insurance); designing a new program (a new Emergency Care Benefit); expanding existing programs for students, seniors and Indigenous peoples among others; and allowing Canadians to defer filing and paying taxes.

13 March 2020
An effective economic response to the Coronavirus in Europe (12.03.2020) 'Whatever it takes' needs to be the motto to preserve lives and reduce the impact on the economy of the epidemic.

13 March 2020
How Europe is responding to the coronavirus pandemic (13.03.2020) Here's a roundup of the latest measures the 27 EU countries and the U.K. have taken so far in response to the pandemic — from the most to the least affected countries — according to publicly available information from national authorities and media reports.

12 March 2020
España :Coronavirus: Escrivá anuncia una prestación extraordinaria para los padres que tengan que cuidar a sus hijos (11.03.2020)El Gobierno aprobará hoy varias medidas del plan de choque para amortiguar el impacto económico de la crisis provocada por la pandemia. La más clara será la creación de una prestación que pagará la Seguridad Social para los padres que tengan que cuidar a sus hijos durante el cierre de las aulas por la Covid-19 y su empresa no pueda ofrecerles alternativas, según ha anunciado este miércoles el ministro de Seguridad Social, José Luis Escrivá. También se esperan facilitar ERTE en empresas afectadas por la crisis con compensaciones para los trabajadores.

12 March 2020
Paid to Stay Home: Europe’s Safety Net Could Ease Toll of Coronavirus (06.03.2020) Europe’s social policies are sometimes seen as overly generous. Yet they may help cushion the economic impact of the virus

12 March 2020
Coronavirus : la protection sociale en Europe, un vaccin contre la récession - NYT (07.03.2020) Alors que partout dans le monde, l’épidémie de Covid-19 est à l’origine d’un ralentissement économique, le Vieux Continent pourrait être moins durement frappé, avance le New York Times. La raison ? La générosité des systèmes de protection sociale qui amortiront le choc.

5 March 2020
Italy faces existential threat over low birthrate, president warns (12.02.2020) Italy’s future is threatened by its diminishing birthrate, President Sergio Mattarella said on Tuesday (11 February), as new data showed the population had shrunk once again in 2019.

3 March 2020
Cash for babies: How Europe is tackling its falling birthrate

World Economic Forum (27.02.2020) Europe is the continent with the oldest population. This is creating problems for healthcare and pensions. But some countries are taking action to encourage more people to have children.

21 February 2020
How Japan and Singapore are reinventing old age

World Economic Forum (18.02.2020) A new demographic dividend – the “longevity dividend” – is emerging as populations age.

21 February 2020
Ireland: The State pension 'mess': Can we afford to roll back on the pension age? (22.01.2020) The pension age increase has been a long time coming, and has caught the government and the media off-guard in how it’s led the election debate this week.

18 February 2020
Alaska Permanent Fund: A basic income is causing parents to have more kids

Vox (07.02.2020)  Alaska’s small basic income is causing parents to have more kids.

17 February 2020
French reforms: Why France is resisting Macron's push on pensions

BBC News (17.02.2020) President Emmanuel Macron's bid to radically overhaul the post-war pension system reaches the National Assembly on Monday, ahead of a long period of debate.

17 February 2020
Canada: Télémédecine privée: une brèche dans le système public? (17.02.2020) Consulter un médecin par vidéo, à quelques heures de préavis. Des centaines de milliers de Canadiens ont désormais accès à ces services alors que les régimes d’assurances médicales de groupe couvrent de plus en plus la télémédecine privée. Une nouvelle brèche dans le système de santé public ?

14 February 2020
Welfare surveillance system violates human rights, Dutch court rules

The Guardian (05.02.2020) A Dutch court has ordered the immediate halt of an automated surveillance system for detecting welfare fraud because it violates human rights, in a judgment likely to resonate well beyond the Netherlands.

14 February 2020
Philippines: Lawmakers call for passage of 'gig economy' measures (13.02.2020) AS the country’s so-called gig economy industry continues to rise, lawmakers are pushing for measures to protect freelance workers by establishing a basic regulatory framework to enable them to anticipate challenges ahead.

13 February 2020
La sécurité sociale face au défi climatique

L'Echo (10.02.2020) Peut-on penser sérieusement qu’une réflexion fondamentale sur le financement et l’accessibilité de la sécurité sociale pourra faire l’économie de son inscription dans une transition climatique à engager d’urgence? Peut-on découpler ces deux projets politiques?

7 February 2020
The number of older workers is increasing fast, yet they face growing age discrimination

LSE Business Review (05.02.2020) Older women are more likely to be rejected for jobs than older men, and less likely to be called for another interview than women under 45, writes Allyson Zimmermann