Wiesbaden (dpa) – Expenditure on social assistance rose again last year. With a net amount of 15.3 billion euros, the transport companies spent 6.5 percent more on services under the Twelfth Book of the Social Code, the Federal Statistical Office announced on Friday in Wiesbaden. These include, for example, basic security and support in old-age provision.
According to the information, more than half was due to basic security and low earning capacity with 8.1 billion euros in old age, 7.6 percent more than in the previous year. As in the previous year, social welfare agencies recorded the largest increase in care assistance, with an increase of ten percent to 4.7 billion euros.
The German Foundation for Patient Protection warned that the increase would prove the worst fears for this year. “Inflation, tariff adjustments and skyrocketing energy costs will make more and more nursing home residents first poor and then on welfare recipients,” said Eugen Brisch, board member of the German Press Agency. “But while the federal government saves energy suppliers, it takes care of those in need of care.” Inflation compensation for care services should now come immediately.
The daily allowance remained at 1.2 billion euros at about the same level as the previous year, as the Federal Office announced. The area of health aid to deal with specific social difficulties and other situations fell by 4.2 percent, around 1.3 billion euros (4.2 percent less) flowed in than in the previous year. With this help, for example, a household help can be paid in difficult situations.
The statistics do not include the basic security for jobseekers, which is regulated according to Book Two of the Social Security Code (SGB II).
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