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State Capital Stuttgart

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A key concern of the State Capital is making Stuttgart a city that offers equal opportunities for all people living here. To achieve even better social integration and social participation the City of Stuttgart has been implementing numerous measures.

The City of Stuttgart has been implementing numerous measures to ensure a wide range of social benefits.

In every municipality in Germany social planning is one of the main responsibilities. Adequate social services and facilities should be available in good time. These values are based on the welfare state principle.

The art here is to deal with and balance the whole range of political goals, scientific findings and practical challenges and conditions of implementation. The main goal is to help all those people dependent on transfer payments or who need social support by developing the appropriate offers and a social infrastructure.

All residents in Stuttgart should be enabled to live a dignified life regardless of their origin or of their background.

For various reasons some people may have economic difficulties, others may have mental health problems or other illnesses. No matter what situation they are in, both the City of Stuttgart and numerous services and institutions of independent welfare organisations can be contacted by those seeking help and advice in the most diverse life situations.

All residents in Stuttgart should be enabled to live a dignified life regardless of their origin, who their parents are, what they believe in, whether they are unemployed, disabled or ill.

In individual cases and upon specific examination people in distress can receive support in special situations in life. The city offers a wide range here, including emergency assistance with housing, debt counselling, the municipal women’s shelter, help for women and men in prostitution, telephone hotline advice for tenants and landlords.

Among the voluntary social benefits of the State Capital Stuttgart the Bonus Card and the Family Card deserve special mention.

To ensure that there is enough for a dignified life for everyone, the City of Stuttgart provides the residents with a wide range of social benefits. A basic distinction must be made between social benefits and voluntary benefits. Whereas the first are statutory, voluntary benefits are an additional support provided by the City of Stuttgart.

Among the voluntary social benefits of the State Capital Stuttgart the Bonus Card and the Family Card deserve special mention. With their wide range of offers they make it possible to participate in culture, sport and leisure activities – a particular relief for parents with children.

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