Too many expensive mistakes
Solothurn trains private Kesb assistants
If private advisors make administrative mistakes, it becomes expensive for the state and ultimately for the taxpayers. The canton of Solothurn now wants to prevent the mistakes.
The child and adult protection authorities (Kesb) can order private counsel if a person is no longer able to take care of important matters themselves.
Deadlines missed, benefits applied for too late, tariffs noted too low: Administrative mistakes by private counsel for child and adult protection authorities (Kesb) can cost the state dearly. The canton of Solothurn is now giving private tuition.
Private counsel can be arranged by the Kesb if a person is no longer able to deal with important matters themselves. In most cases, family members or close confidants take over their tasks. Among other things, they are responsible for submitting applications to the compensation office or disability insurance.
About 14,500 francs per case
If the advisers do not carry out these tasks correctly, the state – and thus the taxpayers – quickly incur additional costs. The cantons have been liable for this since 2013, previously it was the guardian and the guardianship authorities.
Since the change, there have been more and more so-called state liability cases throughout Switzerland. In the canton of Solothurn alone, there are eight to twelve claims for damages every year due to mistakes made by private counsel. The canton had to pay compensation for around half of them. The average cost was 14,500 francs, as the “Solothurner Zeitung” writes.
Assists have to go to school
The Canton of Solothurn wants to prevent mistakes early and is now offering private tuition. The assistants should complete video training courses in which they are informed of possible sources of error. A handbook already exists as an aid. (lui)