Energy flat rate for pensioners, gas help, compulsory vaccination: that's new in December 2022
Created: 11/29/2022, 9:44 am
By: Robin Dittrich
Energy flat rate, changes to the Corona guidelines, gas aid: December 2022 will bring many changes.
Find out what's new here.
Hamburg – November 2022 brought changes in Netflix, Paypal, gas and electricity.
A lot will change for consumers in Germany in December 2022 as well.
These include the energy flat rate for pensioners, gas aid and compulsory vaccination.
Find out more about which changes affect you here.
Changes in December 2022
consumers in Germany
Energy flat rate for pensioners, compulsory vaccination
Changes in December 2022 - one-off payment to gas customers to relieve consumers
The federal government recently decided to put a brake on gas prices for 2023. 80 percent of the current gas consumption should be capped at a price of twelve cents per kilowatt hour.
When heating with district heating, the price per kilowatt hour is only 9.5 cents.
In addition, gas customers will be relieved as early as December 2022.
A one-off payment to gas customers in December 2022 is intended to relieve consumers – then the gas price brake will follow.
Gas and district heating customers do not have to pay the December discount.
The actual consumption in December is not taken into account, but one twelfth of the gas consumed in the year.
You can find out how to receive the one-off payment in December 2022 here.
The energy price flat rate for pensioners will be paid out in December 2022
Ever increasing energy prices affect every segment of the population in Germany.
For example, Hamburg Energie increased its prices massively.
Pensioners also suffer from pensions that are too low for prices that are too high.
Therefore, the federal government called the energy price flat rate - this also applies to pensioners.
The energy price lump sum for pensioners will be paid out in December 2022 - beware of fraud.
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On December 15, the energy price flat rate of 300 euros is to be paid out to pensioners.
There is no need to apply for this, the money ends up directly in the account.
Pensioners sometimes even receive double the energy price flat rate.
However, caution is advised: there are currently some attempts at fraud against pensioners.
In December 2022, a so-called "warning day" will take place across Germany
A nationwide warning day is planned for December 8, 2022.
The federal and state governments check their warning devices in a joint exercise.
"For the first time, the test warning message will also be sent via cell broadcast and will reach around half of all mobile phones in Germany directly," the federal government announced.
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A warning day will take place on December 8, 2022 - mobile phone and smartphone users will receive two text messages.
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The system is a disaster warning system that is not only intended to warn smartphone users of any disasters.
So don't be surprised if your cell phone rings at 11:00 am on December 8th.
The all-clear comes at 11:45 a.m., also as an SMS in the cell broadcast.
Vaccination for employees in care facilities will no longer apply from the end of December 2022
So far, nurses in facilities and hospitals had to be vaccinated against the corona virus - this has been the case since March 15, 2022. This regulation of compulsory vaccination will no longer apply at the end of 2022, so far there is no innovation in sight.
The responsible ministry explains why the vaccination requirement in paragraph 20a of the Infection Protection Act should not be extended:
A full vaccination protects better against a severe course, but does not prevent transmission.
Due to the currently increasing corona variant BQ1.1, more vaccinated people are getting corona anyway, the federal government announced.