Social workers to resume normal services after 80 days of sanctions

Social workers lifted sanctions Thursday after 80 days of sanctions, when Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog agreed to fund 221 new positions in the profession in the coming year. Also, the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services allocated NIS 14 million to strengthen the industry. For over two months, social workers refused to accept new clients, assign foster homes for children at risk, distribute essential equipment to the elderly or submit recommendations in custody disputes. The disgruntled workers claimed that growing socioeconomic gaps and rapid increases in the population had led to a surplus of case files while the number of social workers remained the same.