Fewer people dependent on social assistance in the city of Zurich

The number of social assistance cases in the city of Zurich fell again slightly last year.

View of the city of Zurich. – Keystone

The reason for this is that unemployment insurance benefits were paid for much longer than usual during the corona pandemic and there were hardly any adjustments. In 2021, 19,005 people in the city of Zurich received temporary or permanent social assistance. The cumulative social assistance rate for 2021 is 4.5 percent, as the Department of Social Affairs announced on Monday, June 27, 2022. This corresponds to a decrease of 0.3 percentage points compared to the previous year.

The financial expenditure for social assistance has also decreased. In 2021 it amounted to around 321 million francs, compared to 331 million francs in the previous year.

Social assistance was greatly relieved during the pandemic by upstream security systems and by support measures from the federal government, canton and city, as the statement says. For months, no one was excluded, many unemployed received daily allowances until 2022 and, in addition, numerous employees were still on short-time work in 2021.

In addition, the social welfare office assumes that some people, especially those without a Swiss passport, will forgo receiving social assistance even though they are entitled to it. However, the city expects the number of social assistance cases to rise again as soon as the additional social security measures expire.

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