The care ministries received 2019 applications in 9.000, the Federal Ministry of Health announced at the request of the Funke media group (Thursday editions). In the years before, there were even fewer.
The federal government had expected at least 20.000 applications per year. The social benefit is intended to ensure a better balance between care, family and work and includes a wage replacement benefit. This is paid to relatives in the event that they are exempted from their employer to care for a relative. According to estimates, there are around 4,7 million carers in Germany, around 2 million of whom have a job that is subject to social security contributions.
The nationwide representation of the interests of caring relatives, the association “We care”, criticizes the bureaucratic effort. The care support allowance and the time off from work should be able to be initiated in one step and apply for 20 days even after the corona time limit, said specialist officer Christian Pälmke. In addition, “the information policy of the federal government and long-term care insurance funds shows clear deficiencies. Many people are not aware of the performance, ”continued Pälke.