Judgments – Karlsruhe – Too little: Richter considers corona subsidy unconstitutional – Panorama


Judgments – Karlsruhe:Too little: Richter considers corona subsidy unconstitutional

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Karlsruhe (dpa) – The corona subsidy of 150 euros planned by the federal government for recipients of basic security is too low and unconstitutional from the point of view of a chamber of the Karlsruhe Social Court. The grant is to be given to adults who are entitled to unemployment benefit II or social benefits in May 2021. The subsistence level of job seekers for January to April should not be covered until May. In a statement on Friday, the responsible judge of the 12th chamber of the court complained that requirements for the procedure for determining the amount of living wages had not been met. An increase in the standard rate by around 100 euros for each pandemic month is necessary.

A single mother from the Rastatt district had success with her urgent application. She had previously unsuccessfully applied for FFP2 masks at the job center. Now she can safely bring her two-year-old daughter, who has a heart condition, to the hospital and to the physiotherapist for weekly treatments in public transport, according to the chamber. The final decision is binding for those directly involved in the urgent procedure.

“The ruling of the Karlsruhe Social Court is a gossip for the government’s crisis policy. The court collects the electoral handouts of the grand coalition and demands real help,” said Sven Lehmann, spokesman for social policy of the Greens in the Bundestag. The social policy spokesman for the Bundestag FDP, Pascal Kober, urged Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) to make an immediate payment possible. “Aid will come too late in May.”

The same chamber of the court had recently ruled that job centers would have to provide Hartz IV recipients looking for work with free FFP2 masks – in addition to the standard rate, 20 FFP2 masks a week or 129 euros a month in cash. The court argued with the protection of the plaintiff and the protection of the general public.

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