Nursing houses hit exhausting by rising vitality costs: “They will not have the ability to address winter”
It’s troublesome to obtain month-to-month payments. The discovering is worrying for the director of a nursing residence in Hainaut. For the reason that finish of June, its 2021 price range has been exceeded. For fuel, for instance, final yr, payments reached 25,000 euros. From January to June of this yr, the quantity already quantities to 29,000 euros.
“If we begin with the identical quantities and the identical consumption for instance for a month of November, December or January, the place now we have a consumption which is multiplied by three, for electrical energy we are going to arrive near a invoice of 15,000 euros for 66 residents. And for the fuel, we’ll see. The rely is in Might. We cross fingers”, confides Alexandre Dobbelaere.
Nursing houses are being hit exhausting by the rise in costs and particularly these of vitality, whereas they’re required to keep up a temperature of twenty-two° within the rooms of their residents. “The aged are susceptible individuals who typically get chilly sooner. The institution should subsequently have an accurate temperature. We aren’t going to drive them to hold round with large sweaters and mittens within the constructing”, emphasizes the director.
The president of Femarbel, the federation of nursing houses in Belgium, has additionally despatched a letter to Prime Minister Alexander De Croo to request assist measures, he stated Thursday within the pages of the DH. “Nursing houses welcome a susceptible public, typically financially too, which doesn’t enable them to cross on the entire improve in vitality prices to their residents. Right this moment, many institutions inform us that they won’t be able to face the winter and a few managers are already considering purely and easily ceasing their actions within the absence of a really short-term outlook.The present inflation of vitality prices mixed with different components of disaster, together with the scarcity of workers, compromise any risk of restoration for a lot of institutions”, alert Vincent Frédéricq.
In its letter to the Prime Minister, the federation calls particularly for the extension to corporations of the discount in VAT on electrical energy and the implementation of pressing measures to assist communities answerable for susceptible individuals. It additionally requires the extension of the social tariff to residents of nursing houses. Femarbel can be calling for a discount (and even the non permanent abolition) of the taxes included within the vitality invoice and the discount to a minimal of the mounted a part of the invoice.
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