EIn view of the corona pandemic, a broad alliance of 36 trade unions and associations calls for an increase in the standard rates of Hartz IV and basic old-age security to at least 600 euros as well as immediate additional corona aid for poor people. The signatories of the demand include the union verdi, the union education and science, the Awo, the social association VdK and the diakonie.
“We must not allow socially disadvantaged people to be pushed further to the margins of society by and in the corona pandemic,” said the President of the Social Association Germany, Adolf Bauer. “Without any ifs or buts and without further excuses, we expect this federal government to finally do something for the poor that really has substance. Being poor is expensive, we can no longer afford symbolic politics, ”said Ulrich Schneider, the General Manager of the Paritätischer Gesamtverband, Ulrich Schneider.
Alliance demands protection against dismissal for tenants
The Hartz IV standard rate for single people has been 446 euros since January 1. Couples receive 401 euros per partner. In addition to the increase to 600 euros, the alliance “Immediate aid for the poor – now!” Is calling for a “general additional requirement surcharge” of 100 euros for the duration of the Corona crisis. All children and adolescents in families with low incomes should receive hardware and software as well as other learning materials that are necessary for the use of digital educational offers in schools. In addition, protection against dismissal is required for tenants “to ensure that nobody loses their home due to income losses caused by the pandemic.”
The alliance received support from the deputy SPD parliamentary group leader in the Bundestag, Katja Mast. The corona pandemic and its consequences “hit the weakest the hardest,” said Mast of the German press agency. The SPD has therefore made proposals for support. Specifically, she named a proposal from Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) for a financial supplement for recipients of help in order to be able to buy the surgical or FFP2 masks that are now required in some areas of life. “Extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary measures – the Alliance is right. Now only our coalition partner has to move, ”said Mast in the direction of the CDU / CSU.