Hartz IV: immediate surcharge for children - how high it is, how much money there is
Created: 01/21/2022, 12:25 p.m
By: Patricia Huber
Low-income families will probably soon be able to look forward to a child allowance.
© Marcel Kusch/dpa
Child poverty is also a problem in Germany.
But the traffic light government now wants to tackle that.
A child supplement is intended to provide a remedy until the introduction of basic child security.
Berlin – Anyone who receives Hartz IV* and has children also receives a corresponding standard rate* for them.
Children up to the age of five receive 285 euros, between the ages of six and 13 there is 311 euros and for children between the ages of 14 and 17 376 euros end up in the parents' account per month.
But to what extent the money will also be used for the children is questionable.
The traffic light coalition would therefore like to introduce an additional cash injection to counteract child poverty.
Child allowance: Ministries are already negotiating
And that is exactly what should happen in the next few weeks.
According to information from the ministries involved, Federal Family Minister* Anne Spiegel (Greens), Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) and Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) are currently negotiating the child allowance.
The Ministry of Family Affairs is said to have proposed an immediate subsidy of 25 euros for low-income families.
Negotiations between the ministries are still ongoing.
According to information, however, the Ministry of Labor should stand up and demand a lower surcharge.
How the Ministry of Finance behaves in the debate is so far unclear.
Hartz IV: That should change with the basic child security
Around 2.7 million children and young people are to benefit from the one-time surcharge. Anne Spiegel announced this when she took office. Later, the traffic light government would like to introduce the basic child security announced in the coalition agreement. It said: "We want to get more children out of poverty and are particularly focusing on digitization and reducing bureaucracy."
So the government wants to get rid of the bureaucratic hurdles so that the money can reach the children without much effort.
But what will that amount be then?
The coalition agreement mentions two components.
On the one hand, an income-independent guaranteed amount that is the same for all children and young people and, on the other hand, an additional amount that depends on the parents' income.
So how much each child receives differs from case to case.
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