Social – FDP insists on sanctions for citizens’ money – the economy

Berlin (dpa) – The FDP has considerable reservations about the plans of the Minister of Social Affairs Hubertus Heil (SPD) regarding the income of citizens. Liberals insist on maintaining sanctions for the successor to the Basic Security Model, oppose new methods of calculation, and insist on better additional earning opportunities for benefit recipients.

The introduction of civic income was agreed in the SPD, Greens and FDP coalition agreement and is one of the most important projects of the traffic light alliance. This has already been mentioned in the preamble. “We are replacing the basic security with the income of a new citizen to respect the dignity of the individual and to better promote public participation,” he says. On Wednesday, Minister Heil unveiled his plans to structure citizens’ incomes, which are to replace Hitz IV in the coming year. The conditions should be less stringent than in the case of Hartz IV. According to Heil, the law should enter into force on January 1.

Citizenship Benefit, even if you are late for an appointment at the employment office?

People receiving citizens’ income should therefore not be afraid of cuts in benefits for six months, even if, for example, they skip appointments at the employment office. The FDP, however, insists on sanctions if victims fail to turn up for meetings. Solidarity is not a one-way street, said Jens Teutrine, member of the FDP parliamentary faction responsible for citizens’ incomes from the German Press Agency. “As a last resort, sanctions are appropriate and necessary,” he replied when asked if the FDP would come to terms with Heil’s planned six-month “period of confidence” without sanctions.

FDP leader Christian Lindner also stressed that many people cannot understand that “they should not only support those in need with their taxes, but also those who deliberately fail to meet deadlines or reject the education and work offered”. The finance minister told the press of the Funke media group: “Solidarity must always consider using social assistance only to the extent necessary.”

Teutrine: “There are still a few steps to go”

According to Teutrine, the FDP wants to pay particular attention to changes to the additional income rules in the upcoming government negotiations on citizens’ income. As suggested by Heil, students, trainees and students receiving civic income should be able to earn more. Teutrine called for the rules to be adjusted also for adult beneficiaries. “There are still many more steps that need to be taken before the final text of the bill is reached,” he said. Lindner said, “By combining civic income and labor, recipients should have more money at their disposal than they do today.”

Heil’s drive to raise standard rates by 40 to 50 euros and introduce new calculation methods was also opposed by liberals. Lindner and Teutrine indicated that the standard rates would in any event be adjusted annually to reflect changes in wages and prices. “We should stick to it,” demanded the FDP leader. Teutrine warned on the German editorial network of “incalculable costs” with a new method of calculation. Single adults currently receive € 449 in Hartz IV.

Union is skeptical about the Salvation plans

“Citizen’s income should be activation, not unconditional basic income,” explained the FDP chairman in the Funke newspaper. Lindner stressed that he is committed to improving the lives of people receiving Citizenship Benefit compared to Hartz IV. “But the truth is, it is attractive to start working while receiving social security benefits. We should show respect when people start working on a mini-job or part-time with basic security. ” The vice-chairman of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Kubicki (FDP) warned in the “Bild” newspaper against “consolidation of transfer payments”.

The Union is also skeptical about Heil’s financial plans. CDU leader Friedrich Merz said Thursday he was “very curious to see if there are any incentives to return to the labor market.” CDU vice president Carsten Linnemann criticized in the newspaper “Bild”: “Thanks to this reform, we are finally abandoning Agenda 2010. It cannot be that almost two million jobs in Germany are vacant and the lights stop working, making them even less attractive by abolishing the principles of “support and challenge”.

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