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High energy costs: Jusos demand help for students and trainees

2022-01-24T05:51:15.273Z

Energy prices have risen significantly recently, and there is a risk of high ancillary cost bills in the summer. The youth organization of the SPD is now in favor of financial support for young people in training.



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Jessica Rosenthal during the SPD federal party conference in December 2021

Photo: Florian Gaertner/photothek.de / imago images/photothek

In view of the high energy prices, the Jusos are also demanding financial support for students and trainees.

"It now needs uncomplicated and quick help," said the federal chairwoman of the SPD youth organization, Jessica Rosenthal, of the German Press Agency.

"Especially at a time when we are all having to reduce our contacts and spend a lot of time at home, it cannot be that young people leave the heating off because they can neither afford the rent nor the cost of living."

The Jusos therefore propose a one-off increase in child benefit by 300 euros.

»Since many young people are still receiving child benefit during their studies and training, it can be used exactly where it is most urgently needed«, said Rosenthal.

Government plans heating subsidy for housing benefit recipients

The costs for electricity, heating oil and natural gas for heating had recently increased significantly.

In summer, many households are therefore threatened with high utility bills.

The federal government wants to pay housing benefit recipients, i.e. households with low incomes, a heating cost subsidy.

There are also discussions about abolishing the EEG surcharge for electricity customers earlier than planned and paying it entirely from the federal budget.

That is correct, stressed Rosenthal.

But trainees and students should not be forgotten.

“Many young people in our country are up to their necks financially,” she emphasized.

The cost of living rose due to higher heating costs and also inflation, which weighed much more heavily on low incomes.

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Source: spiegel

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