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The ESSPROS statistical unit is ‘a scheme’, which is defined as a distinct body of rules, supported by one or more institutional units, governing the provision of social protection benefits and their financing. Each scheme supplies benefits covering a set of risks or needs defined as the scope of social protection.

The expenditure of social protection is classified by type, indicating the nature of, or the reason for, the expenditure: social protection benefits, administration costs, transfers to other schemes and other expenditure.

The receipts of social protection schemes are classified by type and origin. The type gives the nature of, or the reason for a payment: social contributions, general government contributions, transfers from other schemes and other receipts; the origin specifies the institutional sector from which the payment is received: All resident institutional units (Corporations, General government, households, Non-profit institutions serving households) and Rest of the world.

Social protection benefits are transfers to households, in cash or in kind, intended to relieve them from the financial burden of a number of risks or needs. The risks or needs of social protection included in ESSPROS are disability, sickness/health care, old age, survivors, family/children, unemployment, housing and social exclusion not elsewhere classified.

The annual data collection for the module on pensions' beneficiaries provides the total number of beneficiaries, for each of the seven categories of pensions, for each of the four functions grouping these categories (i.e. disability, old-age, survivors and unemployment)., for the "old-age and survivors" function and for the aggregation of the four functions, at 'Total' level.

Qualitative database contains a complete set of metadata (for ESSPROS data), giving a general description of the schemes, a detailed description of the benefits and information on recent changes and reforms concerning the social protection system of each country.

The user can access data either using 'Main tables' and 'Database', or by accessing the links on the right.

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Last update 25.10.2010