Decline in government social expenditure

Other Names:
Decline in public spending in the social sector
Decline in public expenditure on human development
Retreat of social security systems

Between 1983 and 1986 developing countries cut spending on health by 13.3% and on education by 10.5% according to the World Bank's "World Development Report 1988". By 1992, almost all European countries had imposed some manner of cuts on social security benefits, from Germany's benefits freeze, to more subtle restrictions, such as tighter eligibility rules and reduced payment periods. The Netherlands had restricted housing benefits, Denmark proposed cuts in unemployment pay, and Sweden a package which reduced pensions, sick pay and housing subsidies.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
16.10.2020 – 18:47 CEST