Motivating the population to cope with demographic change

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award


The Illingen 2030 project intends to make the town fit for the future at a time of demographic change and limited funds, by giving town districts their own profile, utilising individual, honorary commitment and deploying social networks and inter-communal cooperation. The objective is strategic development planning in an environment of a shrinking medium-size municipality. As there is intensifying competition among the local authorities for inhabitants and purchasing power, Illingen believes its best chance is to sharpen its profile and pursue a friendlier policy to family and children (whole-day care, family cards, integration). It should dispense with everything of secondary importance, but also, in spite of budget difficulties, expand areas of strength. Additionally, the question of physical accessibility is of special importance at a time when the population is ageing all the time.

The ‘Illingen 2030’ opening event, with 400 participants and the accompanying press coverage, set the initial tone. It was followed by six future-related workshops, with local residents in all six town districts participating in a workshop on the subject of ‘Life and Living in Old Age’, a workshop on inter-municipal cooperation with neighbouring communities, a residents’ meeting about the combined ’house of children project’ about day care centres / after-school care centres / primary schools, and a youth forum to prepare the move - which the youth had helped plan - to the youth centre. A special-subject meeting on the integration of the disabled and the establishment of an integrative centre for the digitisation of files (DSI) are unique measures in the Saarland.

New forms of citizen participation have come into being while, for instance, an internet-based quality-management system has been developed as a progress check. Furthermore, Illingen Municipality has established ‘Demography / Illingen 2030’ as an independent specialist area in the department ‘Environment, Business, Sustainable Development’ so as to ensure that coordination with local residents and the institutions of a governance arrangement has a secure basis in the long term.

One of the central policy areas of the Illingen 2030 project is local policy for families. The local authority provides subsidies by topping up the parents’ contributions, thus achieving a socially viable financial solution. Two million euros have been invested in the ‘children’s house’ alone. This innovation will be flanked by a 2009 education conference on the subject ‘Transitions in childhood’. The number of children taking advantage of care outside the parental home has doubled within three years. A nonpartisan alliance for families has been established. Children’s needs and demands are represented by ‘children’s parliaments’ in the town districts. Senior citizens are represented by a senior citizens’ council. The local authority also supports the family via the transfer of knowledge in a ‘school for parents’.

Award info
Award category: citizen involvement
Award type: submission
Award year: 2009
Project type
Sector: other
Type of activity: human resource management
Keywords: Demographic change, sustainable regional development, family and youth policy
Short English description: A special-subject meeting on the integration of the disabled and the establishment of an integrative centre for the digitisation of files (DSI) are unique measures in the Saarland
Further information
Organisation: Gemeinde Illingen
Other applicants:
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: 1-25
Number of people involved:
Country: Germany
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date:
End date:

Motivating the population to cope with demographic change (49.37935, 7.04791)
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