For the planned basic child safety, Family Minister Paus insists on an additional twelve billion euros. He suggests that the child allowance could be reduced to finance it.
In the coalition budget dispute, Federal Family Minister Lisa Paus insists on her financial demands for basic child safety, scheduled from 2025. “There is a minimum of twelve billion euros needed to significantly reduce child poverty in Germany,” Greens politician Neue Osnabrücker told the Zeitung. Much of the money is already needed “for inflation correction and higher utilization.”
According to the government’s plans, basic child security will replace previous child benefit and, among other things, provide simplifications for families when applying for benefits and the types of benefits. Paus spoke of a “paradigm shift, not only technically, but also with a clearly visible increase in benefits, if possible, for children from poorer families”.
Pause: Additional demand due to inflation only
Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner expects a significantly lower financial requirement from Paus for basic child safety. The FDP politician focuses on the simplification and digitization of family benefits in the project. On the other hand, Paus said, “Even without basic child security, 2025 will have to spend more on benefits than 2024. It’s just because of inflation. The two billion that Mr. Lindner presented went quickly without us.” Structural improvement has been achieved.
Paus suggested lowering the child allowance in income tax to partially finance the project. “It is absurd that rich families are exempted so much from child benefits than poor families who only receive child benefits,” he told the newspaper. “I would recommend reducing the partial amount for care, upbringing or education. With the additional tax income we can finance some of the basic child security.”
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