The number of people with delinquent electricity bills in Germany has doubled in three years, according to Caritas, according to Caritas, which also reports an increase in rent arrears and financial hardship.
The findings were shared by Caritas with the Lusa agency and are part of a study that will be presented this Monday based on the institution’s nearly 500 General Social Counseling Service centers scattered across the country.
“468 advice points are first point of contact for people with social problems which they cannot handle. They are a reliable seismograph of problems and emergencies in the country,” said Caritas President Eva Maria Velskop-Deffaa.
“Many problems are ‘old acquaintances’ (…), but the importance of other issues is growing. The housing situation, high rents and heating costs exacerbate the situation. more and more people are in danger”, he stressed.
In 2019, 4.8% contacted Caritas for assistance with late or non-delivery of electricity bills. This year the share reaches almost 11%, A universe larger than two thousand orders of magnitude🇧🇷
🇧🇷Energy debt is becoming more common🇧🇷 A trend that began before February 2022 (the start of the war in Ukraine), but gained momentum due to the geopolitical evolution of energy prices,” says Eva Maria Velskop-Deffaa.
On the other hand, problems related to rent arrears motivated 9.6% of those who applied to Caritas to seek advice.
The non-profit association Berliner Tafel, which distributes ready-to-eat meals and food, has also received an increase in requests for help. According to spokesman Antje Troelsch, the number of people applying to the institution’s collection points has doubled from January to the present🇧🇷
In an interview with the Lusa agency, Trolsch also stressed that the volume of products distributed by solidarity organizations has also increased. In addition to the homeless, there are now groups of Ukrainians and people with financial difficulties due to rising prices and inflation.
“Volunteers are depleted,” the spokesman stressed, adding that food rations had to be cut to reach those who need them most.