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Implementing the Social Security Act, the consultants of the Zutphen Social Services have to choose between executing the general rules and tailor-made measures. This turns out to be tough and exhausting.
The staff members of the Social Services in Zutphen administer almost one thousand clients. Which approach is most effective and what will eventually tilts the scales, the importance of general rules or the need for individual, tailor-made methods?
Filmmakers Suzanne Raes and Monique Lesterhuis followed how the extremely committed consultant Bruno and the strict and impersonal Debbie deal with some of their clients. Such as Thomas, who hasn’t had an income for years. Bruno tries to develop a personal bond with him. Sjoerd is working full-time as a volunteer. Debbie does not condone this. He will have to find a paid job soon or she will stop his benefit. Do Thomas and Sjoerd deserve sympathy for their situation, or is it unacceptable they do not work?
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