BERLIN (Reuters) – More than half of Germans don’t think work is worth it after the government’s planned increases in welfare and child benefits, a survey on Tuesday showed. It was revealed.
The government said it was increasing handouts first introduced in 2005 to fight child poverty and help people cope with inflation, but it did not intend to stop people from working outright. I added no.
Starting next year, welfare payments for more than 5.5 million unemployed people in Germany, known as “national money,” will rise from 502 euros to 563 euros ($605.06) per month for singles.
The government also pays rent and health insurance premiums for benefit recipients.
This increase coincides with a significant increase in support for low-income parents beginning in 2025. They will receive up to €636 a month for their first child and an additional €530 for the other children. This amount is currently fixed at €250 per child per month.
The minimum wage is about €12.40 per hour, with a net income of €1,450 per month. I feel like it’s not worth working for because it’s not that much. A survey by the polling firm INSA, published by the Bild newspaper, reveals the reality of welfare.
A survey of 1,005 respondents found that Germans were divided on whether or not an increase in welfare payments was justified, with 45% in favor and 44% against.
Finance Minister Christian Lindner said last week in a presentation on basic child benefits that the benefits should not discourage people from working.
“Our concern is to maintain work incentives,” Lindner said, adding that parental unemployment is a major driver of child poverty, so employment is a prerequisite for access to some benefits. added that it would be
“The best way to overcome poverty is to work,” he said.
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Reporting by Riham Alkousaa Additional reporting by Maria Martinez Editing by Alexandra Hudson
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