Germany: ‘We must have the whole of society in mind’

German Bundestag voted in Berlin on Thursday to introduce citizens’ allowance from January 1, 2023, replacing the previous essential provision Hartz IV. It now has to wait to see whether the measure will be supported by the Bundesrat, which will decide on Monday.

“The spirit of the citizen’s basic income support is one of solidarity, trust and encouragement. That is why we have good reasons to adopt it today,” stated Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil, adding “We must have the whole of society in mind.”

The law was massively supported by the SPD, the Greens and the FDP. In a roll call vote, 385 MEPs voted in favour and 261 against, with 33 abstentions.

“How much ideological stubbornness does it actually take to deal in this way with the criticism of those who support our welfare state on the ground,” said CDU member Marc Biadacz. “With this arrogance, you will not bring the welfare state forward, with this arrogance you will fail,” he added.

The citizen’s money reportedly aims to allow those in need to focus more on training and finding work and to reduce the pressure from the job centre.

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