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Peter Mayer (Name changed) has its lesson long ago. He then completed an internship. Entry into the career of the now 26, has not made life-Year-old but until t

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When parents go to checkout will be asked

Peter Mayer (Name changed) has its lesson long ago. He then completed an internship. Entry into the career of the now 26, has not made life-Year-old but until today. He is driven and living with the parents, who have funded its maintenance, so far, to their full extent.

Meanwhile, the parents are retired, the life of the pension. As Peter Mayer came to the social assistance and vocational integration measures as well as financial support applied for, the authority rejected. "It was said that we parents would have to pay for our son because we besässen a home," says father Mayer. And he wonders if they were really obligated to do so.

He is right in asking. Because the home alone is sufficient as a reason to take the parents in the duty. Now relatives are in - and line – parents, grandparents, children – descending obliged, helping each other when one of them is in Distress. The social assistance kicks in only if there is no the help of a third party is available.


for a fee related to but if you live by yourself in favorable conditions. What is meant by cheap, has defined the Federal court a few years ago, and is also set out in the guidelines of the Swiss conference for social aid (Skos).

Accordingly, the taxable income for Married couples must be, for example, a set of parents – more than 180'000 francs, if Alone, over 120'000 Swiss francs. In terms of wealth, there is a free amount of 250'000 Swiss francs for single persons for Married couples, there are 500'000 Swiss francs, with the addition of 40'000 Swiss francs for each of the minors or currently in training child. What is, is only credited in small part to income.

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the conditions for The related support are very strict, so the least you meet. This is also the reason, why the municipal authorities not to go immediately when someone applies for social assistance, to the Relatives and demand that they put their financial situation openly. "We would stir up unnecessary anxiety in the families", says Jürg Bruggemann, Vice-President of the young Swiss conference for social assistance.

Yet to be tested in the rule, in all cases, whether or not related, could be used to support, says Daniel Knöpfli, Co-President of the social conference of the Canton of Zurich. The social services are allowed to directly access the control data of the Relatives. Only if the tax Check shows that a support obligation was given, would contact the Relatives. "They can then Express their views and indicate how much they themselves need for their standard of living," explains Rudolf Illes, Director of the social welfare Department of Basel-city. On the basis of this information we calculate the contribution for the Related portable, without the need to change your lifestyle. The authority have a discretion, so Illes.

as amicably as Possible

A clarification to the related support can be over weeks or even months at a stretch. Regardless of what comes out of it, must pay the municipality, when a Person is shown to application for social aid and your claim. To deny "easy to the performance or to delay the note on related support, I can't," says Rudolf Illes. "As a public authority we are obliged to advance performance."

the goal is to achieve, with Relatives who are liable for a friendly solution, which is to succeed it is understood that most of the time. Then, you close an agreement on the contribution, the parents or grandparents paid to the municipality, says Jürg Bruggemann of the Thurgauer social assistance conference. "It is not so that a supportive Person has to pick up the money with their Relatives." Also, the mean would not be informed of whether and how much their Relatives paid.

It happens that a Person who supports, agrees directly with her Relatives. Similarly, there is paid, the refuse, for their families to pay. For example, if the Affected had had for years no longer in contact with each other. Or if the debtor's Relatives are of the view "that the vulnerable Person should be able to earn their living themselves," says Daniel Knöpfli from the social conference of the Canton of Zurich.

In such cases, only the response to the court remains to the authorities, the related support to enforce. That you do this as well, show Figures from the Basel-city. So you've got to 2017 in 25 cases, the money via court claim, says Rudolf Illes from the cantonal social welfare office.

a Lot of expenses, little income

In About half of all cases grandparents, who would be asked for your grandchildren to cash in the rest of the parents were there. Children should, however, pay according to Rudolf Illes rarely for their parents.

all in All the result of related support lean. From the 4500 requests, made by Basel-Stadt in 2018 with the tax offices, resulting at the end of the 30'000 Swiss francs related contributions, says Illes. A no brainer compared to the 137 million spent by the Canton per year for social assistance. In other cantons, the result could hardly be otherwise. Reliable data are not available, since the municipalities for social assistance are in charge, and this charge is only partially in the Figures for related support separately.

The mismatch between expenses and income is also the reason why the Canton of Basel-Landschaft since 2014, the related support is not asserted.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 19.05.2019, 18:59 PM

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