Parliament opts for limited bridging pension

The bridging pension for older unemployed persons should be against the top limited. The national Council came back on Wednesday on his original decision and

Parliament opts for limited bridging pension

The bridging pension for older unemployed persons should be against the top limited. The national Council came back on Wednesday on his original decision and followed the Council of States. Also the recipient of the circle wants to reduce the size of the large chamber – to the dismay of the left-wing parties falling.

Indeed, remain with the Federal law on bridging services for elderly out other differences, what are bargaining councils in the coming days controlled. Currently, is, however, that Civil will succeed in the important points.

Specifically, this means that the councils are liable for a reduced pension. After the national Council had expanded last week, in its first consultation draft of the Federal Council, still to 40 million to 270 million francs, is it now for a cheaper social work.

Higher limit as the Council of States

the New national Council is also based on performance limits. He wants to set the maximum Bridging benefit the 2.25-Fold of General life needs. This corresponds to the case of single persons, 43'762 Swiss francs per year, in the case of multi-person households 65 and hold the'643 Swiss francs per year – almost the amount of supplementary benefits.

The small chamber to the Ceiling in a year 38'900 CHF for a single and 58'350 Swiss francs for married couples set. This corresponds to the 2-Times the life needs. This Version was rejected in the national Council with 115 to 80 votes, with one abstention.

Less cost-of-illness

The disease and disability should be compensated for the costs - similar to the supplementary services separately. The national Council, as the Council of States wants to plafonieren the remuneration also, namely, in the case of 5000 Swiss francs for a single person and in the case of 10'000 Swiss francs for Multi-person households.

Originally, the large chamber wanted to set the upper limit much higher, at 25'000 or 50'000 Swiss francs. Here, too, the concept of the Council of States prevailed ultimately.

Manuela Weichelt-Picard (Green/ZG) argued against a cut. Older people with a lower social Status suffer more health problems. To cut is exactly these people the compensation from sickness and disability costs, was "not ethically justifiable". The request failed with 126 to 68 votes in favour and 2 abstentions.

Parliament sets a clear threshold

entitled to bridging benefits will only have the age of 60 years or later controlled people. The Grand chamber followed the Council of States, with 99 votes, with 95 votes in favour and one abstention. Originally, the national Council counted all of the 60-year-old equalized, regardless of the time of the modulation, the potential circle of Users.

A minority wanted to hold on to this concept, the minimum insurance period of 20 to 25 years. People would also be a minimum of 7 years after the age of 50. Birthday in the social works have to pay. It was unfair that a hard threshold will be set at 60 age-years, said Pierre-Yves Maillard (SP/VD). If someone a few days before his 60th birthday. Birthday am driven, have no claim on bridging services. The Person risking the aisle in front of the welfare office. He failed with his minority just.

No hardship clause

bridging benefits apply to individuals, in which the net assets are less than 50'000 Swiss francs (for Standalone) and 100'000 Swiss francs (for married couples) is can. This corresponds to the half of the EL-assets threshold. The net assets balances of the 2 for new. Column count, to the extent that they exceed a to-be-defined by the Federal Council of the amount.

the Parliament wants the Federal Council may need to meet to define hardship cases, which the conditions of entitlement to the full extent, in order to get a pension. The national Council has also joined the Council of States.

Catherine Prelicz-Huber (Green/ZH) pleaded unsuccessfully for an "important human character that has financially virtually no impact". The hardship clause was rejected by 126 to 70 votes.

special solutions for industries

deleted Waive the national Council will also, in the first round of consultations, a successful single application of Fabio Regazzi (CVP/TI), according to which industries should be excluded with a greater level of social partnership of the financing of the bridging services.

He so wanted to avoid that companies pay equal to double the support posts. In such cases, firms should receive the contributions back. According to the no of the Council of States, the great chamber has connected with 100 votes, with 95 votes in favour and one abstention this judgment.


the aim of the councils is the bridging pension next week definitely to decide. The SVP wants to stop that, because it is against another social movement. The bridging pension will also contribute to the termination of the initiative will be rejected by you and cushion the negative consequences of the free movement of persons. To motivate the unions to get involved in the vote battle.

The question with the current solution. The national councillor Prelicz-Huber, President of the trade Union SSP / VPOD, criticized the template as a "pseudo-solution" and a "bitter pill", which, although it was better than nothing, but not more. According to Barbara Gysi (SP/SG), President of the St. Gallen trade Union Confederation, may not satisfy the solution.

next, the Council of States on the train again. He advises the template is expected again on Thursday. (fal/sda)

Created: 11.03.2020, 14:19 PM

Updated Date: 11 March 2020, 15:01

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