Social and environmental issues in the municipalities, to burn according to a survey, more and more people, especially under the nails.

today by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the report submitted that, in the representative study, nine out of ten respondents to the climate protection as a particularly urgent task that had to be addressed before location – 13 percentage points more than in the previous year. More often referred to local challenges, the creation of affordable housing (84%), waste reduction and the fight against poverty (83 percent).

The representative survey, which was conducted in September 2018, on the phone, it puts particular emphasis on the perception of poverty in the commune. Every Fourth keeps poverty at the place of residence for a “large” or even “very big Problem” (27 percent). In large cities, this figure was 52 percent, almost twice as high. City dwellers are also significantly more likely to agree that poverty has increased in the last ten years: 46 per cent say this is significantly more citizens of cities with more than 100 000 inhabitants than in smaller cities. The national average a good third of an increase in poverty in the last decade.

Overall, it is noticeable that the subjective perception differs sometimes from measurable factors, such as the development of the number of recipients of Social benefits. Thus, the share of recipients of basic security or social assistance moves for years, with about 10 percent at a similar level (as of 2016: 10.1 percent). “The subjective view shows that the citizens are yet to see significant action. Of the policy, you can expect a greater effort in the fight against poverty in a rich country like Germany,” said Henrik Riedel of the Bertelsmann Foundation. In the survey, two-thirds of the respondents felt that the policy should do more to combat poverty.

The more inhabitants a city has, the more frequently the problem of Poverty is as urgent. Here, the perception reflects measurable differences: in fact, the poverty rate spent in major German cities, on the average, write the authors of the Bertelsmann Foundation, with reference to the most recent data from 2016: Received in large cities, 14 percent of the population to social services is the nationwide rate of 10 percent.

In nearly half of the Federal German large cities has increased, including all 13 of the Ruhr area municipalities. There, the structural change make themselves felt. In the eleven East German cities, by contrast, the poverty rate went up in the past few years, back in the direction of Western levels. Overall, the values vary greatly from city to city, from five per cent in Heidelberg and Fürth to 26 percent in Gelsenkirchen.