Hartz IV: Basic security should also increase because of mobile communications

The Federal Ministry of Labor has calculated new standard rates for basic security in a working draft. The rates, also known as Hartz IV, are said to increase most clearly for children between 14 and 17 years old, like the Spiegel reports. For the first time, costs for mobile communications are taken into account in the calculation, which is the basis for a draft law.

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The Federal Constitutional Court ruled in 2010 that both social and technological change must be reflected in determining the subsistence minimum. Accordingly, it is logical that not only costs for the use of the Internet, but also mobile phone costs are taken into account. Young people in particular use smartphones primarily as a means of communication.

The rate is to rise from 432 to 439 for single adults, and by six euros to 395 euros for spouses and partners. Young adults up to the age of 25 should receive 351 instead of 345 euros in the future.

Strongest planned increases in adolescents and toddlers

The planned increase is strongest among young people between the ages of 14 and 17: the rate there is to rise from 328 to 367 euros. Children up to the age of five should in future receive 279 euros instead of 250 euros. The rate for children between the ages of six and 13 remains at the 308 euros set in the previous year, as it had already been raised significantly in 2017.

According to Spiegel, the draft law is in the process of being drawn up between the ministries involved. It will be presented to the cabinet on August 12, 2020. It is currently not yet possible to say exactly when the new rule rates will come into force.

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