The Seine-Maritime County Council is a local authority (NUTS 3 by European standards) which implements social policies for residents of all age groups, from childcare policies to the provision of support for the elderly across cities, districts and their surrounding rural communities.
The Seine-Maritime County Council’s population is currently estimated to be 1,250,300 people in an area of de 6,277 square kilometres. More than half of the population lives in the three main districts: Rouen, Le Havre and Dieppe.
Social work is one of the key competencies of the Seine-Maritime County Council. This sector includes: social services for the elderly and disabled as well as childcare provision and prevention and support services for the unemployed. The Seine-Maritime County Council is also in charge of the following areas: equipment and transport; financial grants to cities; education, culture, sport and heritage; economic and social development, environment and tourism.
For more information about Seine Maritime County Council visit: www.seinemaritime.net
Seine-Maritime County Council will undertake the following project through SPIDER;
Cultural change within public authorities
The Guidance and Counselling Service of the Department of Social Action and Inclusion is a partner and pilot of the theme: ‘cultural change within public authorities’.
Seine-Maritime County Council intends to focus its action on supporting beneficiaries of the ‘revenu de solidarité active’ (RSA) or earned income supplement. Decentralisation has positioned the County Councils as leaders in social action and inclusion policy. The law No. 2008-1249 of 1st December 2008 extends the application of the RSA and reform of the inclusion policies has forced County Councils to refocus on the social support of RSA beneficiaries. The Seine-Maritime County Council is responsible for implementing the RSA for beneficiaries domiciled in its area.
The RSA guarantees a minimum income for every household whose income is below a certain threshold, depending on the beneficiary’s family circumstances. The RSA is paid, under certain conditions, to households with no income from work; it also enables to supplement the income of households whose income from work is below a certain threshold.
According to the 2011 annual report, the number of households receiving the RSA in Seine-Maritime, on the 31st December 2011, was 43,860 or 94,088 people involved. In 2011, the Seine-Maritime County Council allocated a budget of €159,280,728 for the RSA. Since December 2008, the number of beneficiaries in Seine-Maritime is constantly increasing.
The County Council has engaged in a process of reflection about support measures for beneficiaries. This process will aim at enabling referring professionals to carry out their missions in the best possible way, namely to improve the situation of people experiencing difficulties in their social environment to integrate into working life, one of the objectives stipulated by the RSA law.
Through this project The Seine-Maritime County Council will work with;
Among the RSA beneficiaries directed towards social support, the Seine-Maritime County Council is interested in working, in particular, with the beneficiaries who have received the RSA for more than 3 years, and who are experiencing difficulties to enter the labour market. Depending on the project’s requirements, the stakeholders/partners of the RSA (l’UDCCAS – Union of Social Action Community Centres -, registered charities for social support, le Pôle Emploi (National Job Centre), la CAF (Family Allowance Agency) will be associated with the project.
To find out more about these projects please contact Veronique Petit Jean by emailing: email@example.com