Status: 03/28/2021 1:44 a.m.
Due to the increasing number of corona infections, the Greens and the FDP see the risk that more schools and daycare centers across Germany will have to temporarily close again. Therefore, they are pushing for more support for parents.
In the Corona crisis, the Greens and the FDP are calling for more support for parents who are looking after their children at home because of the pandemic. Both parties called on the federal government to increase the number of additional childhood illness days again.
“In view of the increasing numbers of infections and more contagious virus mutations, it is foreseeable that the additional days of childhood illnesses previously planned will not be sufficient for many families,” said the vice-chairman of the Green parliamentary group, Maria Klein-Schmeink, of “Welt am Sonntag”.
FDP criticizes a lack of support for the self-employed
The FDP health politician Katrin Helling-Plahr also warned that in many families the childhood sick days have already been used up despite the increase. At the same time, however, it is to be expected that daycare centers and schools will be closed again and again nationwide. Helling-Plahr also criticized the fact that the regulation has so far only applied to parents with statutory health insurance. As a result, many self-employed were left out.
The German Federation of Trade Unions is also in favor of more help with childcare. Its board member Anja Piel emphasized: “The funds for this, which are advanced from the contributions of those with statutory health insurance, must flow back from the tax pots to the health insurance companies.” Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn has not kept this promise so far.
Children’s sick days doubled for 2021
The Bundestag decided to increase the number of childhood illness days this year in January. This means that in families, each parent per child is entitled to 20 instead of ten such days. Single parents can apply for 40 days of childhood illness, also twice as many as usual.
The statutory health insurance normally pays children’s sickness benefit if parents cannot go to work because of the care of a sick child under the age of twelve. This age limit does not apply to children with disabilities. However, the prerequisite is that there is no one in the household who could look after the child.
Sick pay is 90 percent of net earnings. The money should now also be available when schools and daycare centers are closed or access is restricted. This also applies if parents were only asked not to bring their children to the facility.