The federal government wants to give more support to socially disadvantaged people in the Corona crisis.
This was announced by Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD).
Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) wants to enforce a surcharge for social benefits such as Hartz IV because of the corona pandemic.
"The extended Corona measures also mean additional social worries in everyday life for people in need in the basic security systems," he told the "Rheinische Post" (Saturday edition).
"That is why it is right now to quickly provide a subsidy for corona-related burdens."
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Heil pointed out that daycare centers, schools and many social institutions are currently closed.
In addition, additional expenses would arise, for example for hygiene articles.
"This particularly affects children, single parents, the elderly, the long-term unemployed and people with disabilities who are dependent on government support."
In addition to the Corona grant, Heil pleaded that the supply of basic security recipients with FFP2 and surgical masks should be ensured.
The federal and state governments bear responsibility here.
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"The federal government has already made masks available to elderly and previously ill people via vouchers for pharmacies," Heil recalled.
"We should also go this way for recipients of basic income support."
His ministry is "working flat out on appropriate concepts that we want to discuss in the federal government and agree on in the coalition".