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Does Social Assistance Ensure the Minimum Consumption Needs of People Living in Poverty and Promote the Labour Market Integration?

Audit Id 1565784156193
Title Does Social Assistance Ensure the Minimum Consumption Needs of People Living in Poverty and Promote the Labour Market Integration?
Title in original language

Ar socialinė parama užtikrina skurdžiai gyvenančių asmenų minimalius vartojimo poreikius ir skatina įsitraukti į darbo rinką

Lithuanian

Year 2019
Subject

Health and Social Care (incl. Welfare Benefits)

Type

Performance

Type of performance

Performed by single SAI

Comments Income inequality and poverty in Lithuania remain among the highest in the European Union (EU): in 2018, 22.9 % of the population lived below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold, 11.1 % - below the extreme poverty threshold. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission note that the adequacy of social benefits in Lithuania remains relatively low, the living standards of the poorest households have improved only moderately and the impact on reducing income inequality is lower than in the EU. The National Audit Office has carried out an audit entitled “Does Social Support Ensure the Minimum Consumption Needs of People Living in Poverty and Promote Labour Market Integration”. When comparing the figures for 2017 and 2018, the number of people living in extreme poverty decreased by 78 thousand people – up to 312 thousand people, however social benefits did not have an impact on this (both in 2017 and 2018 social benefits reduced the poverty by only 5.7 percentage points). The audit results showed that 86 % of the support received by the selected for evaluation recipients of social benefits, including the value of benefits and social services provided by the municipality, did not ensure the minimum consumption rate of EUR 245 per month in 2018.
Country

Lithuania

Materials

Summary

English

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Contact
National Audit Office of Lithuania
nao@vkontrole.lt
http://www.vkontrole.lt
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