n-tv early start: "For old people means poverty: lifelong"

              Wednesday, December 11, 2019

              The basic pension does not solve the problem of old-age poverty. According to surveys of the Joint Welfare Association, the problem of poverty is much greater and often leads to loneliness. Civil society must help.
              From the point of view of the Joint Welfare Association, the basic pension does not solve the problem of old-age poverty. "If the land rent comes as it is now being discussed, there are more than 1.5 million old people who really do not have much left in their purses, that's nice, that can help, but the problem is much bigger," said Ulrich Schneider , Chief Executive of the Joint Welfare Association. at the n-tv early start. Basic rent would only get who has paid 35 years. "Most old, poor people do not come to these years and therefore remain poor." The poverty in old age has increased, Schneider said. "Poverty is a big issue because it costs a lot of money." Anyone who has to live on basic old-age insurance today, ie around 430 euros per month, can no longer live up to his age Going to the cafe with friends. That is no longer possible. He can no longer go to the cinema, to the theater. Even the small excursion with the parish falls flat, because you simply can not teach these few euros. "At the moment, hot poverty is just retreat for old people." Unfortunately, for old people, poverty means life-long. "There is one To say tremendous shame: I have a problem. According to Schneider, most old people seek the cause of loneliness in themselves. "There is tremendous shame in people who are lonely to say, 'I have a problem'. There's already a threshold, "Schneider continued." Most people say, 'When I'm lonely, mostly old, I've lost. Then I lived my life badly. This must have something to do with me. "" The problem of increasing loneliness in old age can, according to Schneider, only solve civil society. "The state can help, it can support neighborhood homes, senior citizen cooperatives, parishes stronger than it is now." Germany need such structures, but "they have to grow out of civil society. The state can only help, but it can not regulate it, let's not fool ourselves, "Schneider said. Schneider does not think much of the duty of duty discussed in the union." The duty of service is nonsensical. What we need in the voluntary field are young people who are committed, who have a heart for it, who have a tendency to interact with others, to help others. But what we do not need are some people who are forced to do so, "says Schneider." We say: voluntariness takes precedence. If the CDU wants to do something, then it should strengthen the volunteer services in Germany. We still have potential there, we can do a lot more there. "

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