Subsidies from the free state relieve the burden on the district youth welfare budget

The youth welfare committee of the hassberge district dealt with the 2020 budget. Overall, expenses and income fall significantly. The grant requirement for youth services, including personnel costs and other allocations, increases minimally (less than 0.3 percent) to 7.93 million euros. One reason for this is the lower cost of assuming kindergarten fees.

Costs are falling

At the presentation of the budget, the head of the district youth welfare office, christoph schramm, pointed out that the need for subsidies has risen steadily since 2013. The significantly lower accounting result in 2017 was striking. The background: there had been several disputes about reimbursement of costs for children living in homes. The district youth welfare office has now received cost reimbursements of 55,000 euros per child and year for five children in care, backdated for several years at a time – making a total of almost one million euros.

Christoph schramm, head of the youth welfare office, is pleased that the county’s share of own funds has stagnated and hopes to be able to save further costs.

Free state takes over more

For children in daycare facilities, the expenses for the assumption of the parental contribution by the youth welfare office decrease due to grants from the free state of bavaria. For 400 cases from low-income families or single parents, the youth welfare office pays the kindergarten fees. Thanks to legal changes (education and participation), lunch is also reimbursed in full for those entitled to it.

Because the district councils asked about the increase in personnel costs, it was described that there are tariff and higher groupings, but also a job increase in the child specialist supervision or adoption and the increase in the number of cases. In this context, it was stated that a demographic change is imminent in the foster care sector. "We are losing foster families because of the age of the children, regretted christoph schramm.

The head of the youth welfare office then provided information on the "good daycare law". As a result, the state now pays for services (including daycare centers) at certain income levels. The contribution subsidy has already resulted in a saving of a quarter of a million euros in the budget. The fees in the kindergartens will also increase (with the contribution subsidy)? District administrator wilhelm schneider spoke of moderate adjustments. Would there be "windfall effects by the providers of the facilities, this would not be in order. The youth welfare committee approved the sub-budget and recommended this to the district council.

Money for counseling and courses

As before, the diocese of wurzburg applied for a voluntary benefit for its counseling center for marriage, family and life counseling in habfurt. The efl makes an important contribution to basic psychosocial care for people from the district in view of the often long waiting times for therapists in private practice. According to the diocese, there has been an increase in counseling for binational couples and young couples with even younger children. Especially for small children, a stable partnership of the parents is an important prerequisite for good self-confidence. In 2018, 116 children and adolescents under the age of 18 were assigned to counseling cases in habfurt.

Financed by the church tax

A total of 219 clients from the district visited the advice center. Personnel and material costs of the efl counseling center in hassfurt amounted to 59,645 euros. About 80 percent of the costs are borne by the diocese of wurzburg (church tax). The youth welfare committee approved an annual grant of 2500 euros (also for 2020).

The caritasverband fur den landkreis habberge applied for follow-up funding for "assertiveness courses for girls". The "girls’powercourses exists since 2007. The courses raise awareness of basic injuries and give the girls skills to make their interests and limits clear. As reported, since 2007, already 1088 girls participated in 93 courses.

Following the decision of the youth welfare committee, 4000 euros will also be set aside annually for the budget years 2020 and 2021 for five courses at 800 euros each, with a minimum number of participants of ten girls.