MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs The regulations for simplified access to the basic security systems will be extended beyond the end of the year until March 31, 2021. The statutory regulation required for this has been passed by the German Bundestag. The Social Service Providers Employment Act (SodEG) was also extended until March 31, 2021. Both extensions were approved by the Bundestag on November 2nd / 3rd as part of the Standard Requirements Determination Act on November 5th. Reading decided. Federal Minister for Labor and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil:
The welfare state is there when you need it. We have massively simplified access to basic security. In this way we ensure that everyone receives the support they need to support themselves quickly and unbureaucratically when they are needed. And for social service providers, with the extension of the Social Service Providers Act, we are putting in place a safety net in the event that they have to restrict their work again. This is how we protect our social infrastructure in this crisis.
The simplified access to the basic security systems has been in effect since March 2020. After that, the asset test, for example, is generally suspended for six months after approval and the living and heating costs are fully recognized. Self-employed persons entitled to benefits also receive their benefits according to a simplified procedure. In the event that schools are closed, the special regulation for lunch for schoolchildren as part of the education package will also be extended. This is done even if lunch cannot be taken together; In addition, the delivery costs can also be reimbursed.Securing social infrastructure with the Social Service Provider Employment Act To do this, they provide on-site support in dealing with the effects of the pandemic, if necessary. They provide a suitable and reasonable amount of manpower, premises and material resources. This law applies to all social institutions that provide their services on the basis of the social security codes with the exception of SGB V and SGB XI. These include B. rehab clinics, rehab centers as well as offers in labor market policy, disability assistance or early intervention centers. Almost all social service providers have now resumed their work and continue to do so in compliance with hygiene rules. However, the current resolutions of the federal and state governments show that local and nationwide lockdowns can no longer be ruled out. Without the SodEG, the existence of the social infrastructure would be jeopardized again if facilities were closed for a longer period of time. With the extension, further changes were included: The scope of application is specified. According to this, only those who are actually affected by measures according to the fifth section of the Infection Protection Act are eligible for subsidies. In the future, the calculation of the subsidy will be designed in such a way that usually months with pandemic-related shortfalls are not taken into account The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has recalculated the level of the standard requirement levels from 2021 in accordance with the statutory requirements of Book Twelve of the Social Code. According to this, the standard needs are to be determined again when the results of a new income and expenditure sample (EVS) are available. From 1 January 2021, therefore, there will be changed monthly standard levels of needs in support for livelihood as well as basic security in old age and in the case of reduced earning capacity according to the SGB XII and the corresponding standard requirements in the basic security for jobseekers according to SGB II. As a result of the adjustment, around 1.4 billion more will flow into the basic security systems annually from 2021.
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