State`s Social policy

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State`s Social policy

The Belarusian social state is largely a legacy of the Soviet past. Throughout communism, the state committed itself to ensuring equal access to basic services such as education, health, and housing for all citizens. It also had total control over the income of the population who were invariably employed in the state-run economy.

There is no systemic interaction of the welfare state system with non-governmental organizations which provide assistance to socially vulnerable groups. Whatever little interaction there is it takes place within centrally formed social policy.

While many experts consider that the Belarusian socio-economic model is self-restricting, the government still rejects the need for any significant reforms. Today, a slight but steady rise in people’s income outruns productivity growth and is not related to economic efficiency.

Author: Handbook on Belarus for International journalists

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