Helping hardship cases was the absolute priority, however, to hear State Councilor Philippe Leuba on January 14. “The urgency today is the treatment of hardship cases”, he declared during a press conference of the Vaud government. “This is why we put the package on this, so that the colossal amounts of 250 million devoted to this policy can be paid ten days, I insist on this, ten days after the request filed, for as long as it is complete. It is a difficult operation in terms of workload and processing procedures, but it is essential today. ” The elected official announced that the administration’s work force had been doubled.
A quick survey carried out by the Who will pay the bill? reveals that none of the players in the sector in the canton of Vaud has received the slightest franc. “We were promised that hardship cases would be paid within ten days. I submitted my request on December 30, other restaurateurs did so on December 22, we still haven’t received anything: we are in a more than dramatic situation, ”warns the 13th-century Lausanne owner Antoine Piguet. “My management is asking me for my rent which I cannot pay and I do not even have a date to give them to offer them a deadline. They should send 50% of the aid immediately, because the money is there, it is scandalous. “
The Leviathan of the bureaucracy
Frédérique Beauvois, spokesperson for the distress of restaurateurs, describes the situation as Kafkaesque: “We are locked between two authorities who are passing the buck.” Falling into the “Leviathan of bureaucracy”, the restaurateurs still have not seen anything: “I did not find a single person who received the money from the canton”, she declares.
At the Department of the Economy, the communications manager, Denis Pittet, explains: “Philippe Leuba said it in good faith, when he spoke of ten days, but the next day we received the final documents from Bern. and our information tool was no longer suitable. The ten day deadline at that point could not be met but it remains our goal. ” During this press conference, the State had nevertheless praised the commitment of its information services. He informs us that, “since the beginning of the crisis”, 15 million have been distributed and 120 cases of hardship treated. “Another ten million are about to be paid,” he promises.
Frédérique Beauvois reminds that her branch is still waiting for the aid of 2020, that there will then be January and February to come to compensate, plus the left-behind who do not fall within the criteria set by the State. “For example, people who opened in March, or new low-lying restaurant owners whose turnover was calculated over the off-peak period of January-February,” explains the coordinator of the Who will pay the bill? Movement.
Beyond words, Frédérique Beauvois wants actions. For her, it is about giving way to bureaucratic dikes so that change can take place. “People have sold their establishment at a loss, and others cannot even sell. A small restaurateur from Morges in a shopping center contacted me: no one wants his property, he has no choice but to go bankrupt. These people lose everything and there is a gap between them and the policies. We have been released the covid loans in 24 hours, why don’t we give 5% of the loans to everyone, even if it means recovering them later? People need cash. We are prevented from working, we are not entitled to unemployment and we do not touch the money we should receive: the situation is odious. ”