Survivor's Benefit in the Social Security System
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Death of the breadwinner is one of the „old” social risks. Benefit addressing this risk is survivor’s pension. Originally it was a benefit for widows and their children. Due to changes in family structure and labor market changes the scope of beneficiaries became wider covering widowers as well as - due to increasing divorce rate – more than one surviving spouses. Changes in other social security segments like sickness insurance or old age pension insurance should be coordinated with survivor’s pension system. In Poland it is not always the case and reforms addressing these discrepancies are necessary.
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