This emerges from new figures from the Federal Statistical Office, which the left-wing faction in the Bundestag had asked about and which the "Mitteldeutsche Zeitung" reported. According to this, the annual state grants rose in the years 2017 to 2019 from 39 million to 57 million euros.
This means that this part of this social assistance has grown by 69 percent in just two years. "Citizens and municipalities are asked to pay for the factual inactivity of the federal and state governments in the context of the cost explosion in care," said left-wing parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch of the newspaper. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) must finally act to relieve the citizens of the "horrendous care costs". The costs for care places in Germany have been rising for years. In Saxony-Anhalt, the average monthly contribution for home residents is 1.436 euros - in the previous year it was around 300 euros less, calculates the Association of Replacement Funds (VDEK). The cause of this rapid rise in costs is the higher wages of home staff: The so-called Nursing Staff Strengthening Act of 2019 is intended to facilitate collective bargaining agreements and bring higher wages for employees in care.