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Greece: Reform of Social Welfare Programmes

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This review provides an analytical perspective of the current situation, including the construction of a database, in order to help the Greek government define reforms to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and fairness of selected social programmes. The review identifies gaps and overlaps in social protection, and highlights areas where there is room for significant efficiency gains, in order to support informed and concrete decisions by the Greek government on where budgetary savings can most appropriately be made, taking into account the balance between societal groups and the need to maintain social cohesion.

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The current Greek benefit system

Preamble: the analysis presented in this chapter does not take account of the most recent reforms. Please see Annex B for an overview of these reforms.

This chapter presents information on four main categories of social benefits: unemployment benefits, benefits for families, disability benefits, and housing benefits. It analyses these benefits in an international comparative context, in terms of the beneficiaries, the relative proportion of assistance and insurance-based expenditure, trends in expenditure, and in relation to key indicators such as the unemployment rate. It uses this analysis to draw conclusions on where and how benefits could be reformed in order to be more efficient and effective in reaching those in real need.

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