Practical experience of using private sector invention and capital to deliver public services.
There are approximately 2,150 social service providers in the Czech Republic, with approximately 5,600 registered social services in 33 types. The annual public expenditure on the provision of social services is CZK 40 billion. The growing demand for social services will require the creation of new facilities. By 2050, the number of recipients of care allowances is expected to increase by around 90%, from the current 355 000 to 684 000. At the same time, significant investment costs are expected to accompany the creation of new facilities.
In the Czech Republic, there is a private sector of social service operators which is in direct competition with the most frequently publicly funded organisations (regions, towns and municipalities). Data show that private social service providers are more efficient in terms of operations and investment compared to the public sector. Therefore, many providers may be unnecessarily subject to high operating subsidies.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
- Is the current state of social care provision satisfactory?
- What are the future investment needs and where to get them?
- Successful projects with private capital.
- Do private operators add value to both the counties and their clients?
- What are the lessons for the post-Covid era?
THE PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURED:
- Lukáš Knapp, Member of the Board of Directors, Global Partners CZ (Kooperativa)
- David Volný, BeneVita
- Věra Švarcová, Head of Social Affairs Department, Vysočina Region
- Roman Sýkora, Head of the Department of Family and Senior Policy and Service Development, Vysočina Region
- Jan Šnajdr, Česká spořitelna
- Michal Tesař, NEWTON Business Development
- Jiří Horecký, Association of Social Service Providers of the Czech Republic
The moderators of the debate are David Petr, CZECHINVEST and Tomáš Janeba, ARI.
The series of panel discussions on PPP IN PRACTICE is brought to you by the Association for Infrastructure Development and the Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the investment agency CZECHINVEST. The series is part of the year-long Green, Smart, Resilient and Inclusive Cities for 2021 series.