03.11.2021 – 09:40
bpa – Federal Association of Private Providers of Social Services eV
Berlin / Cologne (ots)
The Bank für Sozialwirtschaft (BFS), the associations of independent welfare, the German Association for Public and Private Welfare, the Federal Association of Private Providers of Social Services (bpa) and the University of Cologne published the results of their fourth survey on November 3, 2021 economic consequences of the corona pandemic for the social and health sector published. The nationwide largest longitudinal study shows how much the rescue packages and protection packages of the federal and state governments, in particular the benefits from the Social Service Provider Act, contributed to the fact that the social infrastructure providers were able to continue to work safely during the crisis. Financing gaps were closed, liquidity bottlenecks resolved, so the conclusion of the study.
The services were only used where and to the extent that it was actually not possible to provide the service. “In its fourth edition, the study once again confirms the extraordinary burdens, but also the flexibility of the service providers,” said Prof. Dr. Harald Schmitz, CEO of the Bank für Sozialwirtschaft, on the results. The boost to digitization for the social economy is obvious and brings with it considerable transformation requirements. In contrast to the previous surveys, the fourth study not only looks at the economic effects on the social and health services as a whole, but also clarifies the areas in which funding is still required. The main results:
- Furthermore, all facilities have to deal with declines in occupancy. Day care (76 per cent) and inpatient care facilities (53 per cent) are severely affected.
- The care rescue umbrella according to § 150 SGB XI and the Social Service Provider Employment Act (SodEG) are by far the most important instruments for safeguarding the economic situation, followed by the programs of the state governments.
- If the relevant protective measures and aid packages expire, a significant proportion of those surveyed expect a decline in liquidity of mostly between five and 20 percent. In addition, a majority expect refinancing gaps of between five and 30 percent.
“The data again show very clearly how important the continuation of the rescue packages for planning security in the individual sectors of the social and health economy is in view of the ongoing pandemic with increasing incidence figures,” said Schmitz.
Diakonie President Ulrich Lilie: “The pandemic is having a hard time on the non-profit social economy because it cannot fall back on extensive reserves to compensate for financial bottlenecks. that they need. In order to ensure the necessary help in comparable situations in the future, we now have to develop adequate protective screens for such cases. “
Newly elected Caritas President Eva Maria Welskop-Deffaa: “In this phase of the pandemic, the SodEG protective shield is still vital for the facilities that are there for children, adolescents and families. We hear, for example, from the rehabilitation facilities, that unvaccinated children cannot make use of rehabilitation services at short notice or fall ill in the cures – typical problems for which the protective screens were made. “
Bernd Meurer, President of the Federal Association of Private Providers of Social Services (bpa): “The care facilities are far from normal operation and still suffer from high loads for additional protective measures – especially in view of individual reports of vaccination breakthroughs. The proven protection through the care rescue umbrella must therefore sustained until the actual end of the pandemic. “
Selvi Naidu, Chief Financial Officer of the AWO Bundesverband: “Against the background of the currently increasing corona numbers and vaccination breakthroughs, especially among older people and residents of nursing homes, it is urgently necessary to extend the care protection shield beyond December 31, 2021. In particular, day care is still subject Pandemic-related restrictions that stand in the way of full occupancy. The same applies to the rehabilitation facilities and the preventive facilities for mothers’ convalescence. This is shown very clearly by the results of the BFS surveys. “
Aron Schuster, Director of the Central Welfare Office for Jews in Germany: “The pandemic was an unprecedented acid test for the entire social infrastructure and yet it has proven that our society can rely on it even in times of crisis. However, the past year and a half have also made it clear that social services and institutions urgently need better framework conditions in order to invest in digital infrastructure and skills. “
DRK President Gerda Hasselfeldt: “The care protection screen – this has been shown by the study – ensures the urgently required economic security of the care facilities. The facilities and services were and are a reliable support in the pandemic. All those working there are doing the unimaginable and working to the limit. In view of the increasing number of infections and the new outbreaks in the facilities on site, it would be a fatal signal not to extend the protective shield beyond December 31, 21. “
The nationwide survey was carried out from September 20 to October 18, 2021 and recorded 1,400 participants.
The results of the survey can be downloaded from the Bank für Sozialwirtschaft’s website: www.sozialbank.de/covid-19/umfrage
If you have any questions about the study, please contact Britta Klemm, Head of Competence Center Social Economy & Research, BFS Service GmbH, phone 0221 97356-474, email: [email protected]
This is a joint press release from: Arbeiterwohlfahrt Bundesverband eV;
Bank for Social Economy AG; Federal Association of Private Providers of Social Services eV (bpa); German Caritas Association; German Red Cross eV; Diakonie Deutschland eV;
Central Welfare Office for Jews in Germany eV;
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For questions about the study: Britta Klemm, Head of Competence Center Social Economy & Research, BFS Service GmbH, Phone 0221 97356-474, E-Mail: [email protected]
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