Future social policy to include twelve Ulyanovsk projects developed at the IV International Social and Labor Forum

The final plenary session took place on 26 October.

 “The initiative to hold this forum was supported by our federal partners from the United Russia party. This venue will give start to the discussion of the new social policy, which we are currently working on. Our experience earned attention of representatives from other countries and we are working with experts who deal with issues of social projects implementation. We expect that expert opinions on our projects will allow to improve them, to make them more effective. In turn, we can share experience of the Ulyanovsk region. For example, a social initiative that was designated by the Governor Sergey Morozov. Today it has already been realized in a number of projects. Some of them have been implemented and one can see them at the exhibition. Others are under development and will be introduced in the nearest future”, - said the Prime Minister Alexander Smekalin.

Within the meeting, presentation of the Future of the Social Sphere in Russia strategic workshop took place. Following the results of three days, projects have been combined in 12 groups on 12 key subjects: "Social Worker of the Future", "Criteria of Need and Targeting", "Professional Standards in the Social Sphere", "Social Cohesion of Society and Social Responsibility of Everyone", "Development of Social Services in the Countryside and in Specific Russian Regions", "Preserving and Increasing the Number of People", "Carrying about elderly means carrying about the future", "Equal Rights – Equal Opportunities", "Helping Future Families", "NPO, Sustainable Business, Public Services", "Outsourcing of Social Services" and "Digital Social Sphere".

Experts of the meeting's presidium made their suggestions on every submitted project, and they were included into the final resolution. The list of experts included Valery Ryazansky (the Chairman of the Social Platform of the United Russia Party, the Chairman of the Committee of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Social Policy), Alexey Vovchenko (the First Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation), Natalya Pochinok (the Rector of the Russian State Social University), Sergey Rybalchenko (the member of the Commission on Support of Family, Children, and Motherhood of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Director General of the Institute of Scientific and Social Expertise), Anatoly Bakayev (the Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the Ulyanovsk region), Ekaterina Uba (the First Deputy Prime Minister), and others.

In particular, they offered to enhance policy for support of young families, to adopt professional standards of care services for small children between the ages of one and a half and three, as well as to prolong implementation of the Maternity Capital programme until 2025 and to allow to use these funds for child benefits. In addition, experts mentioned the need to improve work of community-focused non-profits and their interaction with authorities by entrusting NPOs with a large number of functions. It was also suggested to develop centers of active longevity and a network of social service centers.

Following the results of a plenary session, a strategic session of the United Russia's social platform took place. Starting it, Valery Ryazansky noted that the suggestions and ideas developed by the working groups are necessary for further development of the social sphere and will be included into the resolution, which will be sent to the Presidium of the United Russia's General Council until 10 November. This document will allow the commission, which is headed by Dmitry Medvedev and will control implementation of the party's programme, to check if the current economic and social agenda correspond with the ideas of the document. Based on the results of the analysis undertaken, it will correct activities of authorities through changes in legislation, budgetary policies, inter-budget relations with the Russian regions, and other measures.

In total, 300 experts from among representatives of the public, professional community, legislative and executive authorities, business and the non-commercial sector took part in the strategic session.