While energy costs and food prices continue to rise, the poverty line is approaching for many citizens. Could you soon be one of those affected?
Prices are rising, but income is not. For many people in Germany, shopping is becoming less and less fun – while the feeling of having to count every euro is constantly getting stronger. Then energy prices will also roll over and hardly any consumer can really imagine how all this is going to continue. Anyone who studies in Germany or is a single parent and can therefore only work part-time is already at risk of poverty. Is the poverty line getting closer for others as well?
On the verge of poverty: Federal Statistical Office publishes exact figures
First of all, a fact: According to stuttgarter-zeitung.de, it is not specified when one is considered "poor" in this country. RUHR24 also reports on this in detail. The latest figures are provided by the Federal Statistical Office – but only for 2021. The all-effervescent following year has yet to be evaluated. In any case, in 2021, "the threshold for a person living alone [is] 1,148 euros net per month, counting salaries and social benefits," according to the portal.
Depending on the federal state, there are also certain differences – "in Baden-Württemberg, for example, the at-risk-of-poverty line (2021) is 1,220 euros, which is around 200 euros higher than in Thuringia," according to the Federal Statistical Office. Of course, it's clear that everyone with such an income, or even below, should save every penny to get through the month. But with ourenergy-saving tips, it's child's play – at least as far as the electricity bill is concerned.
Significant increase in the proportion of poor people – Institute comments on the situation in Germany
"However, there are various methods for the exact calculation of income limits," says the report of the Federal Statistical Office. For example, the number of people living in the household is crucial for calculating the exact poverty line. Find out here what options exist in the form of citizen's money, price brake and home office allowance to increase financially - the legislator has come up with something for this.
"In Germany, the proportion of poor people has risen significantly in the last decade," according to the 2022 report by the Institute of Economic and Social Sciences. "Poor people, for example, have to do without the goods of everyday life, they live in smaller living space or have a poorer state of health." In Mannheim, for example, there will be a shortage of around 2040,17 new apartments by 000. According to the institute, this should also lead to poor people having significantly less confidence in the actions of political actors.
Poverty in Germany significantly exacerbated – according to the institute, this must happen for the situation to improve
The Institute of Economic and Social Sciences assumes that high inflation as a result of the Ukraine war will significantly exacerbate poverty in Germany. The institute's proposed solution: "In order to improve the situation of poor households, but also to strengthen confidence in our democratic system, targeted political measures are needed. This includes, in particular, the promotion of employment subject to social security contributions and the increase in the standard rates in basic security."
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"In addition, social equality of opportunity must be reduced through forward-looking and socially designed public housing construction and the reduction of educational inequalities," the report by the Institute of Economic and Social Sciences continues. Sounds good, doesn't it? It would "only" have to be implemented. The city of Heidelberg is launching an experiment and promises affordable housing. (mad)