Mobile statewide with youth ticket

As of March 1, there will be a youth ticket in Baden-Württemberg. It costs 365 euros a year. For one euro a day, young people can travel around the clock on buses and trains on public transport throughout Baden-Württemberg. The prerequisite is that they live in Baden-Württemberg or their school is there. Children and young people under the age of 21, as well as schoolchildren, students, trainees under the age of 27 and young people doing voluntary service, can buy the ticket. One advantage is that this ticket can be used on all local trains—not ICE or IC or long-distance… Read More

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“Klimaterroristen” (climate terrorists) and “Sozialtourismus” (social tourism) are Unwords of the Year 2022

A word can be defamatory or discriminatory. Such a word is called a Unword. Every year, a jury chooses the unwords of the previous year. For the year 2022, the jury put the term “climate terrorists” in first place. Activists for more climate protection would be “criminalised and defamed”, the jury said. By equating them with terrorism, “non-violent forms of protest of civil disobedience and democratic resistance are placed in the context of violence and hostility to the state”. The term “social tourism” came in second place. CDU leader Friedrich Merz had used it pejoratively in connection with people fleeing… Read More

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Lost and Found: Help with lost IDs, money and bank cards

If you lose your wallet or purse, you should take action quickly to prevent a thief from using a bank card to make purchases or criminals from misusing ID cards. Initially, this applies regardless of whether the valuables have been lost or stolen. In all cases, it is advisable to report the loss to the police. Inquiring at the lost and found office can also help. The lost and found office in Tübingen can be reached by phone at 0 70 71/204 20 20 and fax at 204 22 22. The mail address is buergerdienste@tuebingen.de. Bank card: To prevent thieves… Read More

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Help with higher energy costs

The costs for energy have risen enormously. Those who earn little and have no assets can apply for assistance for the down payment or the additional payment. Depending on the personal situation, the social departments of the district, the city of Tübingen or the Job Centre are responsible. Detailed information can be found under the search term “increased heating costs” on the pages www.kreis-tuebingen.de, www.tuebingen.de and www.jobcenter-tuebingen.de. The application for assistance must be submitted in the month in which the back payment of heating costs is due. If you fail to do so, you can apply for a loan from… Read More

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Right to a day care place without exception

Parents have the right to a day care place—even if there is a lack of staff in a day care centre. In such cases, more children would have to be cared for than originally planned, for example, by means of a temporary exemption. This was decided by the Administrative Court in Mannheim. The case in question concerned working parents in Böblingen. They had unsuccessfully applied for a day-care place for their daughter, who was four years old in December. A lack of capacity must not restrict the general entitlement to a day-care place. Therefore, the parents must be offered a… Read More

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“Citizen’s money” applies from the beginning of the year

On 1 January 2023, the citizen’s money will replace the previous unemployment benefit II (Hartz IV). This was decided by the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. This means, for example, that a single adult will receive 502 euros a month from January—53 euros more than before. Children and young people will also receive more. No new application is necessary. Those who have been receiving money from the Job Centre up to now will automatically receive the higher standard rate. The aim is to enable those affected to concentrate on finding a job or to continue their education. In the first twelve… Read More

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Children in the car: Never without a child seat

Children riding in a car always need a child seat. This is stated in the road traffic regulations. The regulation applies to all children who are either younger than 12 years or smaller than 1.50 meters. The driver is responsible for this in any case—if he takes children along without securing them appropriately, he faces a fine of 60 euros and a point in the traffic offender file in Flensburg. There are a large number of different child seats, which are also tested again and again for their safety. The most important thing, however, is that the child seat is… Read More

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The most important numbers for emergencies

In Germany, there are various emergency numbers that always work everywhere—regardless of which city or town you happen to be in. A very detailed overview can be found on the website of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Interior. https://im.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/sicherheit/wichtige-rufnummern-fuer-den-notfall/ 112: With this number—without prefix—you can reach the rescue service and the fire department in case of medical emergencies, accidents or fires. 112 is also the emergency number in other European countries. 110: In an emergency, you can reach the police under this number. It is valid regardless of whether you call from a cell phone or a landline. However, it… Read More

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Waste app and online calendar replace printed waste calendar

This year, residents of the Tübingen district will not receive a printed waste calendar for the coming year. This was announced by the district administration in a press release. The dates of the local waste collections can now be found online at: www.abfall-kreis-tuebingen.de/online-abfuhrtermine If you click on “Reminder email” on this page, you can receive a free email reminder of each collection date. This service is also offered by the waste management company’s “waste app”, which can be downloaded from www.abfall-kreis-tuebingen.de under the heading Services. This is an uncomplicated way to be reminded of the collection dates. For those who… Read More

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Duty of winter road clearance

In Germany, private citizens are generally required to clear snow in winter and grit when it is slippery. Most cities and municipalities regulate where and to what extent in their own bylaws. If you live in Tübingen, you are responsible for all public traffic areas that run alongside your house. Anyone who lives in a house, regardless of whether they are a tenant or a house owner, must clear snow and spread ice. The obligation to clear and spread snow applies primarily to pavements, footpaths and stairways. However, it also applies to other public traffic areas, such as the waiting… Read More

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