THE NEW WELFARE IN THE DOMESTIC WORK SECTOR: WHO BENEFITS FROM THE VOUCHER SERVICE SYSTEM IN BRUSSELS?

Beatriz Camargo

Abstract


The voucher service policy implemented in the 2000’s in Belgium has fostered the formal live-out domestic work market mainly by subsidizing the offer and according tax deductions to households. It had three objectives: fighting informality, creating new jobs especially among long term job seekers, and supporting work-life balance in dual income couples. If the policy should not be classified as pertaining to welfare state services, it is part of the more general movement of the “new welfare management”. The voucher policy has moreover specific impacts on the global city-region of Brussels. The paper has a twofold goal: to demonstrate why this public policy on domestic work is part of the European new welfare rationale, and why it fails in reaching its objectives of job creation in the Brussels Region, being more of a tax policy that benefits middle and upper households outsourcing their housework.

Keywords


Migrant Domestic Workers, Domestic Work, Belgium, New Welfare, Voucher Service

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