Status: 11/27/2020 11:04 a.m.
At the turn of the year, the standard rates for Hartz IV recipients increase. The Federal Council approved a corresponding law. Social organizations criticized the decision as insufficient and demanded significantly more money.
Unemployed people can expect more government support from next year. The Federal Council approves a law to increase the Hartz IV standard rates. Accordingly, the entitlement of a single adult increases by 14 euros to 446 euros per month.
The rate for 14 to 17 year olds increases by 45 euros to 373 euros. For children up to five years of age there will be 283 instead of 250 euros from next year. The Bundestag decided this at the beginning of November. The standard rate for 6 to 13-year-olds, however, remains almost unchanged: it increases by just one to 309 euros.
The federal government is legally obliged to recalculate the standard rates for Hartz IV regularly as soon as a new so-called income and consumption sample is available for the development of prices and wages. Among other things, the expenses for communication were added to take into account the costs of cell phone use. Also new is the additional need for hardship cases for the purchase of school books, provided these cannot be borrowed free of charge.
Social associations criticize the decision
Social associations and parts of the opposition in the Bundestag criticized the increases from insufficient. They had previously demanded significantly higher standard rates of 600 euros and more for adults. The critics also called for a fundamental reform of the basis for calculating the state benefits, because their current level is too tight in their view and ignores the reality of life.
At the beginning
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