Update: 08.09.2022 18:14
Prague – According to Minister of Social Affairs Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL), there will be enough energy for the winter period. Therefore, there will be no reason to reduce the heat, for example, in social care institutions to the minimum set by the decree being prepared, the minister said today when asked by ANO deputy Ivana Mádlové. According to Jurečka, the opposition should not abuse the current energy crisis for scaremongering.
“Even in the option that the gas supply from Russia to Europe would stop completely, we do not expect that there should be any reduction in thermal comfort for hospitals, social services, schools,” said the minister. He stated that the Czechia has secured gas reserves for the winter.
Mádlová pointed out that, according to the upcoming decree of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the temperature should not fall below 20 degrees Celsius in the rooms and bathrooms of homes for the elderly, below 18 degrees in the toilet and below 15 degrees in the corridors. According to the deputy, this poses a risk of hypothermia for clients who use the corridors for meetings and rehabilitation.
“We have secured energy for the public sector. We will have electricity, gas and heat supplies so that it is not necessary to limit supplies neither for social services, nor for hospitals, nor for the public sector,” said the minister. The parameters of the upcoming decree are minimum values, but the founders of social facilities have no reason to reduce thermal comfort in them, he pointed out. “There will be no client who will be in any thermal discomfort,” the minister added.
Jurečka: The government will discuss the new regulations on September 21, they will apply from October
The new normative costs for calculating housing allowances will be discussed by the government on September 21. These amounts will not increase equally for all households from October, but should increase more for individuals or couples. Minister of Labor Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL) said this during the interpellations in the House of Representatives today. According to experts on social issues, the norms are low and do not correspond to reality. Some opposition politicians also criticize the setting.
“We are finalizing the exact form. The regulations will be adjusted from October 1. The adjustment will be made at the government meeting on September 21… The exact increase will not be a flat rate. I cannot say that it will be an exact percentage rate based on the number of people in the household and the size of the cities. My the goal is for us to modify the standard in such a way that it takes into account the rise in energy prices and the specific situation of one-person and two-person households,” said Jurečka. He added that the amounts will increase, but also for larger families. “It will be phased and more individualized by household size,” he said.
For this year, the set normative costs for the calculation of benefits range from 6,746 to 22,495 crowns depending on the number of household members and the size of the rented residence. For example, in Prague it is 10,121 crowns for a single person, and 18,312 crowns for a family of three. In the district town, the norm for individuals is 6,929 crowns and for a family of three, 12,599 crowns. In a private or cooperative apartment, the norm is between 6,232 and 14,368 crowns depending on the number of people, the size of the residence is not taken into account. Housing allowance can be obtained by people for whom 35 percent of income in Prague and 30 percent elsewhere is not enough to pay for adequate housing. The benefit then corresponds to the difference between the actual expenses – but no more than the norms – and exactly 30 or 35 percent of the income. In June, 177,400 households received the benefit.
Experts point out that the norms are low mainly for small households in larger cities and limit their dose. It is often the seniors themselves. According to Jurečka, 70 percent of beneficiaries can fit into the normative costs and receive the full benefit. The normative ceiling reduces support for the remaining 30 percent. It is capped at 45 percent of one-person and two-person households, the minister specified. He added that after the adjustment of the norms, the share of single people or couples with capped support should be around 15 percent. He pointed out that setting the ceiling is essential in order to ensure that rents are not artificially increased due to an attempt to get money from the state. According to the minister, the average allowance now amounts to 4,185 crowns.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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