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SVP encouraged despite defeat in Bern

It was a duel, town against country, which ruled the city at the end just for themselves. With 52.6 percent of the electorate of the Canton of Bern, spoke out y

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SVP encouraged despite defeat in Bern

It was a duel, town against country, which ruled the city at the end just for themselves. With 52.6 percent of the electorate of the Canton of Bern, spoke out yesterday against a Reform of the social assistance, which would have brought the needy to significantly lower payments. Also, a so-called people's proposal of the Left, which was in turn an Expansion of social assistance was rejected.

While the ' no ' to the left against the draft before, say, the dissipation for the authorities template rather unexpectedly. The rash, the Voters of the Canton of Bern gave, where a massive no of 72.5% resulted. The cities of Biel and Thun rejected the submission also, however, less clear. And on the country dominated the Yes-camp: The small, rural municipalities were the deeper social assistance, with almost 80 per cent.

in the end, however, the opponent obenaus waved, provided on the left green side for euphoria: members of the no Committee, spoke of a "historic success" and a very good mobilisation. Contrite, the Commoners were against it.

A defeat means the verdict especially for Pierre-Alain Schnegg (SVP), the Bernese health and welfare Director, who had shaped the template significantly: The vote has to be formally stylized as a plebiscite on his Person. Schnegg yourself was yesterday comparatively little impressed: in Front of the media, he maintained that for the Integration of social assistance recipients in the labour market more than ever needs to be done.

In the Canton of Aargau, there are no Berne

Anyway, the defenders of social assistance are not allowed to hope that your opponents will surrender. This see by the Bernese result tends to be even encouraged, as Demands in Zurich, Aargau and Basel-land show. In these three cantons cuts in social assistance are also poking, which is why the Berner vote joined here to be of particular interest.

a festive mood in the Café Martha: The supporters Committee begiesst the close vote against the Reform of social assistance in Bern. Photo: Franziska Scheidegger

The situations of Berne and Aargau, are "not directly comparable", stressed Martina Bircher, social head of Aarburg AG. The SVP-politician, has brought in the cantonal Parliament, the two postulates of the social assistance To the amount of allowance should be linked to the number of tax years, on the other hand, the basic needs should be reduced by 30 percent, in pleasing behaviour of the client, however, rise again ("Motivation"). In the Aargau, not a big city like Bern will give, where "many officials and profiteers of the social-industrial life," says Bircher. "In addition, the Bernese voting was perhaps a bit too early. The proportion of foreigners in the social welfare increases – including your back will suffer in the population." Bircher is therefore optimistic to win for their proposals in some years a majority.


" go, "We are in a rural location characterised as Bern," says Peter Riebli, one of the leading SVP-social politician from Basel-land. To him, the Motion goes back to the cantonal government a 30-percent reduction. The squire Bernese results show "that we are in Basel country on the right Track, and consistently more have to drive," said Riebli. "You can see that a very large part of the population is dissatisfied."

Similar it sounds to the Zürcher SVP-member of the Parliament of Benjamin Fischer. The social welfare initiatives of the Zurich SVP are not those of the Aargau, however, are yet by the Parliament. After the left, slip in the recent elections, Fischer has doubts that he finds in the cantonal Parliament with a majority. The Bernese result motivated him, but, if necessary, direct the voting citizens to address – possibly even a people's initiative.

Christoph among our clients is the fight deliberately, waiting for him. The long-standing liberal national Council and Ex-member of the cantonal government of Basel is this Thursday expected to be the new President of the Swiss conference for social assistance (Skos) and the face of a body, the critic is like no other in the sights of social assistance – The guidelines of Skos, even though without the force of law, are in the cantons today is to determine the amount of social assistance. The aspirations of these guidelines to depart, holds among our clients for "cynical". He regarded it as his Central task to the Skos-to-peak, against the "fragmentation of society" to compete. The no from Bern among our clients is happy: It shows that the Skos spent with your work properly. The small majority makes it clear that there is still need for explanation. "You must also indicate in the richest country in the world again and again, that social layers should not drift apart."

Little among our clients, however, are a new Effort for a national framework law, which defined minimum standards for social assistance. For this purpose, the Basler SP-national councillor Silvia Schenker makes a strong. Among our clients not evaluated this idea due to the federalist Resistors as unrealistic: "I do not see how we could find a common denominator."

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 19.05.2019, 22:27 PM

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