Status: 10.12.2023, 11:35 a.m.
By: Daniel Geradtz
From 2025, support for children will be regulated. The basic child benefit is intended to revolutionize the current system.
Berlin – For a long time, the German government has struggled with the introduction of basic child support. According to the draft budget, 2.4 billion euros are to be made available. In the meantime, the cabinet has decided to revolutionize two previous social benefits. From 2025 onwards, the basic child benefit scheme is to bundle child benefit and additional payments, thus enabling up to 5.6 million children at risk of poverty to receive financial support more easily and quickly.
Basic child benefit means the end of child benefit
Basic child support consists of two areas: on the one hand, the income-independent child guarantee amount (previously child benefit) and on the other hand, the additional child allowance (previously child supplement). This depends on the age of the child and the income of the parents. The new benefit will then also be paid to children whose parents receive citizen benefit or social assistance.
- Children's Guarantee Amount: Fixed monthly amount regardless of the age of the child and the income of the parents.
- Children's additional amount: Variable amount depending on the age of the child and the income of the parents.
- Basic child support: Consists of the Child Guarantee Amount and the Child Supplement.
Not only the payments, but also the application process is to be modernized. In principle, claimants have the option of applying for their benefits online. However, they should also be able to submit the forms in the classic paper form to the responsible family benefits offices.
Basic child support should arrive faster and easier
The process is also to be streamlined by the fact that there will be only one point of contact, the Family Service of the Federal Employment Agency. The automatic basic child support check can quickly find out whether applicants are entitled to the additional child allowance.
From 2025 onwards, there will be some changes to child benefit. © Michael Gstettenbauer/imago
In the long term, in the coming years, the Children's Opportunities Portal will also provide an opportunity to apply for benefits from the School Starter Package as well as from the Education and Participation Package.
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Social Initiatives Criticize Child Support
However, the response to child benefit has not been uniformly positive. In a statement by the German Social Association, it says: "The application effort will not be minimized – on the contrary, it may even be higher than before." Verena Bentele. Chairwoman of the VDK social association criticises the fact that too little money from the funds provided reaches the families of children at risk of poverty.
The plans for the planned introduction on January 1, 2025 are currently hanging in the balance. Due to the great financial, technical and organisational effort, the Federal Employment Agency considers implementation to be realistic from the beginning of July 2025 at the earliest.