Publication
Title
Non-take up of the supplemental child benefit for children with a disability in Belgium : a mixed-method approach
Author
Abstract
Families with disabled children run a great risk of being poor. Although policies providing poor families with financial benefits should be effective in reducing poverty, the actual effectiveness is often jeopardized by the issue of non‐take up (NTU). Yet, NTU of benefits aimed at disabled children is for the most part uncharted territory. In this article, we fill this gap using a mixed‐methods approach to (a) estimate the magnitude and characteristics of NTU in the Belgian supplemental child benefit by drawing on a large‐scale administrative dataset on childhood disabilities and (b) explore the determinants of NTU by means of semistructured interviews with experts and parents. We estimate an NTU rate of at least 10%, a substantial figure given that the benefit is not income tested. This mainly concerns children with less visible disabilities (autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual and psychological disorders) and results from insufficient information provision about the benefit's existence and eligibility criteria; process costs, for instance, the complexity of the procedure; and the way the scale to assess a child's disability is constructed.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Social policy and administration. - Place of publication unknown
Publication
Place of publication unknown : 2019
ISSN
0144-5596
Volume/pages
53 :3 (2019) , p. 357-384
ISI
000463163600003
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UAntwerpen
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Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Last edited 06.09.2021
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