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Social security must adapt and re-organise if it is to cope with the demographic, social, economic and culture changes in modern society. It is important that these changes and their knock-on effect for social security are tracked and documented.
These changes also have long-term consequences for intergenerational relations, which contribute significantly to social cohesion, mould social security in a variety of ways, and are in part shaped by social policy measures. The mutual influence of intergenerational relations and social security require in-depth analyses. In addition, projects to design or reposition social policy measures should also take this aspect into account.
Social policy debates increasingly address a number of issues which go beyond the traditional field of social insurance. First and foremost, there is the issue of the entire social security system and the interaction between its different elements (social insurance, cantonal and municipal means-tested benefits, tax system, family allowances, etc.). The second central issue which has recently gained importance is non-monetary benefits (integration measures, day care for children and adolescents etc.). The third concerns the impact of the entire social security system, which touches on subjects such as poverty, redistribution and social integration. Reference documents on these topics should be made available.
All these issues are handled by the Family, Generations and Society (FGS) domain within the FSIO. The FGS also deals with aspects of the social security system which are primarily under cantonal and municipal control. Given that NGOs often play an important role in the implementation of social policy measures, there is a need for coordination and information, which should be provided through specific information media.
The main tasks of the FGS with regard to generational and societal matters are:
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