Caritas publishes social almanach
(CS) Ahead of Juncker's state of the nation address on May 8, Caritas has published its social almanach, looking at the country's social issues with a focus on sustainable housing.
Marco Hoffmann from Caritas said at the presentation of the almanach on Thursday that the government was on the right track, but that measures for affordable housing were not far-reaching enough.
For example, he said that some 30,000 social housing flats were currently needed, but that only 4,000 were available.
The almanach therefore suggests an increase in government involvement in the housing sector, saying that accommodation was a basic need that should not be left up to the market. However, researcher Danielle Schronen added, it was not just about increasing the amount of housing, but also conducting a more far-reaching debate on how we want to live with each other.
Concerning the savings measures Luc Frieden recently announced, Caritas coordinator Robert Urbé warned that social services might be taken away from those who are dependent on them. He also criticised the state for a misleading tax policy, saying that the state was now lacking in funds as it had failed to diversify its source of revenue.