Compared to the “T-Online” portal, the federal minister for family affairs, the elderly, women and youth, Lisa Paus, put forward the prospect of increasing the child allowance. Until now, child benefit has been counted as “income” with Hartz IV, which is why children in needy communities get nothing.
The Hartz IV critic and former job center employee Inge Hannemann calls on the minister in an open letter to abolish the discrimination against people who do not have the right to basic social security benefits.
Child benefit is increased
Paus announced to the media portal that he would significantly increase the child allowance. “In addition to adjusting the standard Hartz IV rates, this is a way of supporting poorer families in a targeted way. Poor families with children are certainly part of the group that needs further relief,” said the minister. The child allowance for the first three children increases at 237 euros each.
According to the federal government’s plans, the increase will take place on January 1, 2023. For the first and second child, it would be an increase of 18 euros per month. For the third child, the child benefit increases by 12 euros per month. For a family with two children, it is 432 euros more per year. For a family with three children, it would be 576 euros more per year.
Children in Hartz IV get nothing
However, the child benefit is attributed to the basic insurance for unemployment benefit II according to SGB II and in the basic insurance according to SGB XII (in old age and in case of reduced working capacity), which particularly affects parents who cannot work at an early age.
Child benefit will apparently continue to be taken into account for the planned citizen’s benefit until child protection is implemented. Child benefit is taken into account as is income. “It is actually against the system, as one parent is normally entitled to child benefit. Any positive increase in child benefit goes unnoticed by those entitled to benefits in the basic social security system,” reports Hannemann.
Open discrimination against children in Hartz IV and social assistance
Because the affected children in Hartz IV simply have nothing from the increase. “They are even worse off compared to those who do not have the right to basic security benefits,” criticizes Hannemann. The income gap is getting even bigger, and the poverty among the affected children will not stop there. Thus, the family minister’s stated goal of around 1.5 million children in Hartz-4 is actually outdated.
Basic child protection only from 2025
According to the traffic light coalition’s plans, the intended basic child protection will not be implemented until 2025. The former job center employee therefore asks: “What respect do you show to the children and their parents in the basic security system, and how do you want to counteract poverty here?” As Federal Minister for Family Affairs, you are also responsible for children from families affected by poverty!”
It must therefore not be the case that allowances, alimony, child allowances and student jobs are taken into account for the children just because they grow up in a so-called Hartz IV family.
Child benefit is intended to “raise children with equal opportunities and not for parents to feed themselves or pay rent, electricity and bills.” It is therefore a wrong signal for politicians to suggest to the children that equal opportunities do not apply to 1.5 million children from families affected by poverty in Hartz IV. According to Hannemann, this is what the children learn.
Taking child benefit into account leads to fewer educational opportunities
There is a shortage of skilled workers in Germany. Not enough skilled workers are trained. But in order to concentrate on school or training, the children need a sufficiently stable environment that opens up all possibilities for training.
This also includes an adequate healthy diet and technical equipment for parents to support their children.
“We don’t need new workers in the low-wage sector, we need skilled workers. It is up to you, Mrs Paus, to provide the 1.5 million skilled workers of the future with the necessary tools so that they can successfully complete school and education,” reads Inge Hannemann’s passionate appeal.
Accounting must be completed
It is therefore the family minister’s job to take care of all sections of the population and not just benefit a few. Hannemann therefore demands an immediate termination for benefit recipients according to SGB II and SGB XII. As you know, only money can help fight poverty.