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New federal law on mandatory child allowances

Country of implementation
Switzerland
General short description of the innovation
This law (in force since 1st of January 2009) aims at the national harmonization of child allowances: it fixes the right to a monthly allowance for every child in any canton and its minimal amount. Cantons are free to decide to give a higher allowance, introduce birth and adoption allowances. The minimal allowance is 200 CHF ? 164,54 Euros - per child per month, for children under 16 or 20 for children incapable of earning due to illness or handicap. A monthly allocation for professional education of at least 250 CHF ? 205,68 Euros - is paid per child starting from the age of 16 till the end of education but at most the age of 25. The allowances are paid to all employees, self-employed (since the 1st of January 2013) and not-working people with a low revenue (annual taxable income under 42?120 CHF ? 34?652,41 Euros). People working in the agricultural sector are covered by another law (Federal law on family allowances in agriculture).
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • family
  • general fiscal
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
In force since 1st of January 2009 for employees, since 1st of January 2013 for self-employed.
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: in 2012 5?102 millions CHF ? 4?197,45 Euros - have been handed out for child allowances regulated under this law.
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: unknown
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The law aims at financially supporting families and harmonizing child allowances across cantons, imposing a minimal amount and introducing the right of monthly child allowance per child for employees and self-employed. /
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
moderate programmatic change
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • encompassing security
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • benefit eligibility (universal coverage including self-employed )
  • benefit level (minimal mandatory allocation at the federal level)
  • subsidies/tax-credits
Intended target group
Working families /
Working age population
  • care responsibilities (care for children [0-16/16+], for elderly or other family members) (children 0-16 or 25 if in education)
  • employment situation (typical work)
  • income level (low/medium/high) (all)
  • main source of income: paid work
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body
  • central state
  • employers (organised or individual)
Clarification of the role of various actors
Financed only by employers contributions.
Intended output
  • benefit eligibility (universal coverage including self-employed )
  • benefit level (minimal mandatory allocation at the federal level)
  • subsidies/tax-credits
Intended and unintended outcomes
in 2012 958?600 people could benefit from 1?679?300 allocations
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