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
Incidence: 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.
Problem Type: F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update 10.03.1997 – 00:00 CET