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Stricter financial sanctions in social assistance

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
In 2005, the guidelines on social assistance issued by the Swiss Conference of for Social Assistance (CSIAS) were revised, introducing stricter financial sanctions in case of non-compliance or refusal to accept jobs deemed as suitable or to take part in active measures. Since 2005, according to the recommendations made by the CSIAS, sanctions can go up to 15% of monthly benefits.
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • social
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
In force since 2005
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: none
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: about 5% of all social assistance recipients.
  • Spatial coverage: regional
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The main objective was to make the receipt of social assistance less attractive and to make social assistance more conditional upon individual integration efforts.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • liberalisation
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • benefit level (social assistance benefit levels reduced up to 15% in case of non-compliance)
Intended target group
Social assistance beneficiaries
Working age population
  • main source of income: social protection (social assistance)
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (municipal/regional social assistance offices)
  • regional government (Cantonal governments)
Clarification of the role of various actors
The Swiss Conference for Social Assistance (SKOS/CSIAS) is the supra-regional association in charge of editing national guidelines for social assistance, but to be implemented, the guidelines have to be approved and translated into legislation by the Cantonal governments.
Intended output
  • benefit level (social assistance benefit levels reduced up to 15% in case of non-compliance)
Intended and unintended outcomes
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