The Bavarian Ministry of Social Affairs would like to create a nationwide support service for parents. © Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa
The city is contributing 12,500 euros to the planned family support centre. Too expensive, says a citizen's representative. It is a matter for the county.
Geretsried – Almost a year ago, the city council unanimously voted in favour of the establishment of a family base in Geretsried. The most recent meeting of the Committee on Youth, Senior Citizens, Social Affairs, Culture and Sport (Jusskus) focused on funding – a topic that once again caused discussion. A member of the committee voted against it – because in his eyes it is the task of the district.
Family base comes to Geretsried – but financing raises questions
With this project, the Bavarian Ministry of Social Affairs wants to create a nationwide support service for parents at the municipal level. He is supposed to advise on small and large concerns, knows suitable offers in the area and establishes contacts. "The city of Geretsried is a good starting point for a family base due to its good infrastructure, local transport and growth," the meeting document said. In order to meet the high demand, the work in Geretsried will focus on the topics of care, migration and young mothers. This work is to be carried out by a pedagogical specialist (ten hours per week). The city would have to pay a share of the costs of about 12,500 euros. They have already been included in the budget. "The base itself will probably not be formed until 2024," added department head Johanna Brauer.
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Gerhard Meinl The CSU city council was in favour of the project, but was the only one to vote against the decision. © Archive
The fact that such a central contact point would be good for the families in the city was agreed in the juscus. "This is something that can only be advocated," said Mayor Michael Müller (CSU). The fact that Geretsried is the first municipality in the district in which the service is to be set up "makes me happy, of course". A total of four family bases are to be installed between Icking and Jachenau. Ann-Kathrin Güner (Free Voters) also advocated the introduction of a family base. If you start early with support, more expensive measures could be omitted later. City Councillor Felix Leipold (FW) asked about the selection of the sponsor. "The district office has the hat on," replied department head Brauer. But the city has a clear say. Mayor Müller announced that he wanted to hold preliminary talks with the district office.
"We march ahead" – Geretsried city councillors convinced of the project
The fact that the municipality is to co-finance the base caused resentment. "Of course, that's a good thing and we're marching ahead," said Gerhard Meinl (CSU). "But the district office has the hat on." And in his opinion, the project therefore falls under his responsibility. "After all, we also pay a district levy and use it to finance these things in general." The head of the town hall, Müller, agreed with Meinl. A fundamental discussion had already been held in the city council. And the committee had spoken out in favour of the establishment of a family support point. This is what the committee did – with Gerhard Meinl voting against.
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