Definition: Social protection
Social protection encompasses all interventions from public or private bodies intended to relieve households and individuals of the burden of a defined set of risks or needs, provided that there is neither a simultaneous reciprocal nor an individual arrangement involved.
The list of risks or needs that may give rise to social protection is fixed by convention as follows:
3. Old age
8. Social exclusion not elsewhere classified.
This definition is identical in versions 2008 and 2011 of the Manual
Eurostat, "ESSPROS Manual - The European System of integrated Social Protection Statistics", 2011 Edition, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2011