Journal Article

Eligibility Criteria for Cash Assistance for Older and Disabled People in Hungary: A Model for Countries in Passage from a Planned to a Market Economy

RUTH LANDAU, DAVID GUTTMANN and KATALIN TALYIGAS

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 28, issue 2, pages 233-246
Published in print April 1998 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 1998 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011325
Eligibility Criteria for Cash Assistance for Older and Disabled People in Hungary: A Model for Countries in Passage from a Planned to a Market Economy

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The political and economic changes presently taking place in the Central and Eastern European countries are accompanied by profound social changes for which, in terms of personal well-being, older and disabled people pay the highest price. Having lost the security of a minimum standard of living, many are exposed to poverty in its broadest sense. The collapse of governmental arrangements to provide for the minimum needs of this population led to the establishment of non-governmental voluntary social agencies. Unfortunately, these are characterized by limited resources on the one hand, and lack of trained and skilled social work staff on the other. Based on the experience of a Hungarian non-governmental social agency, a model for eligibility criteria for cash assistance under these circumstances, taking vulnerability as a key concept, is suggested for the benefit and dignity of those most in need.

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