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Birth Allowance

Hi All,

I have recently come to know that Cantons in Swiss give a one off lumpsum amount of CHF 1000 -CHF 1500 as a birth allowance. This is not to be confused with the monthly child allowance.
I stay in Geneva and my wife does not work.
Our kid was born in March 2006.
Where can I find information about this particular allowance. Is there any website?. Also can i claim this retro-actively as my child was born in 2006?.

Any thoughts are welcome...thanks in Advance.

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Jay.
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Old 12.06.2007, 20:13
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Re: Birth Allowance

I've never heard of this & it wasn't mentioned to me when I had my son last year.
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Re: Birth Allowance

I have also over-heard this allowance too... but being La Suisse you are never informed of your options!!

I also doubt you can claim it "retro-actively"...

but one never knows...
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Re: Birth Allowance

Yes there is such a thing, it's called 'bock' money, 500Fr. for a boy and 250Fr, for a girl .

It also varies from kanton to kanton,and is issued by the local council, one off thing, and it will not be back dated.
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An interesting choice of word. Here are some definitions of "bock" as found on Leo dictionary:

bent [tech.] der Bock
buck der Bock
horse der Bock to make a boob (Brit.) [coll.
einen Bock schießen [fig.] [ugs.] - Fauxpas

and please don't tell me having a baby has anything to do with this :

Couldn't be buggered! (Brit.) [sl.]Null Bock! [sl.]

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Yes there is such a thing, it's called 'bock' money, 500Fr. for a boy and 250Fr, for a girl .

It also varies from kanton to kanton,and is issued by the local council, one off thing, and it will not be back dated.
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Yes there is such a thing, it's called 'bock' money, 500Fr. for a boy and 250Fr, for a girl .
Can that be true? (The difference in amounts for boys and girls, that is.) I was preparing to be both amused and outraged, but first I'm sceptical. Any credible source for this? If it is true, it is quite shocking.
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Re: Birth Allowance

It's called Geburtenzulage and the following cantons give it:
SO - 600 CHF
JU - 782 CHF
LU and OW - 800 CHF
UR, NE and GE - 1000 CHF
FR, VD and VS - 1500 CHF

You can claim it from your local Ausgleichskasse (AHV) Office.

AFAIK "Bockgeld" doesn't exists anymore
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Old 13.06.2007, 10:19
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Re: Birth Allowance

I'm curious about old gender-specific "Bockgeld" but haven't found relevant information online, has somebody more information about it? Just out of curiousity and because the original question is answered.
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It's called Geburtenzulage and the following cantons give it:
SO - 600 CHF
JU - 782 CHF
LU and OW - 800 CHF
UR, NE and GE - 1000 CHF
FR, VD and VS - 1500 CHF

You can claim it from your local Ausgleichskasse (AHV) Office.

AFAIK "Bockgeld" doesn't exists anymore
Well,as you can see,I'm no longer up to date, due to the fact,I'm quite clearly getting to old for this sort of stuff.

But to the sceptics,out there,remember this is a prejudice society here,maybe not so much now, as before.

How do I know the figures from before,because that's what we were paid.

So,now it would appear you have the upto date info.
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Re: Birth Allowance

Having recently been blessed with a daughter, you do get

1000CHF as a lump sump and then after that 200CHF monthly.

These payments are coming via the Caisse Cantonal with whom her employers are registered for the AVS
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Re: Birth Allowance

damn... so when did this come in to effect?

Anyone know?
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Re: Birth Allowance

damn.. is it mandatory that the employer be registered for the AVS??.. not sure that my employer is resigtered.. gotta check them them...
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Re: Birth Allowance

It's mandatory for your employer to register you with the AVS/AHV.

Only for jobs where you earn less than 2000 CHF per year, no registration is required,
anything else is illegal and would get your employer into deep trouble sooner or later.
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Re: Birth Allowance

Hi
This is my 1st time of this forum, actually it its my 1st on any!!
U seenm to have used this for a while can u tell me Where can i post a q on Paternity refusul rights please?
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Re: Birth Allowance

Does this birth & child allowance apply to anyone living in Switzerland (even non-Swiss, non-EU)?

Also, does anyone have a website I can look at to confirm this, or get more info? I'm pregnant and due in February, and would like to know what we have to do to get this money.

Thanks!
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Re: Birth Allowance

Hi
i know this is true if the father is swiss but i am not so sure if the mother is not, i dint think it will change anything,,,but please check further and good luck!
i will give you more info. as soon as i have any
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Re: Birth Allowance

The thing is neither of us is Swiss, we're US expats, but are living in Geneva and my husband is working full-time here.
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Re: Birth Allowance

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It's called Geburtenzulage and the following cantons give it:
SO - 600 CHF
JU - 782 CHF
LU and OW - 800 CHF
UR, NE and GE - 1000 CHF
FR, VD and VS - 1500 CHF

You can claim it from your local Ausgleichskasse (AHV) Office.

AFAIK "Bockgeld" doesn't exists anymore
well i was reading, and i was in the page from SVA , thre have information from Mutterschaftsentschädigung , i wanna know if is posible , when my husband have a company here in switzerland and have a contract and he pay that, and for how long he must pay before i recieve any money.Thanks if someone can help.
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Re: Birth Allowance

When I was born in Zurich in '85, my godmother/godfather opened a Credit-Suisse acccount for me and deposited some odd 350 chf in a savings account under my name.

Today I went to the Credit-Suisse bank in Schaffhausen to see if my savings account was still in existence (Mind you, I haven't lived in Switzerland for 20 years). I had a stellar 33.00 chf left. The remaining 317 chf was depleted by bank fees over the past 20 years. Apparently, they had been trying to locate an address for me. Completely unwarranted imo. The woman said that there was nothing they could do. I took my 33 francs and walked out.

I also had a savings account at UBS which was also opened 22 years ago. Today I visited the UBS in Schaffhausen as well. I gave the woman my ubs card and my passport. They simply closed my account, and my account number had been assigned to a new person. I'm sure all of the money was also eaten up by charges. /endrant
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Re: Birth Allowance

Zug doesn't have bock money, but we got a lovely present from the city of Zug when our son was born. The gift contained a card, a roll of pre-paid extra large Zug rubbish bags and 4 diapers.
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