Union faction vice Jens Spahn is not satisfied with the planned increase in citizen income. That was “the wrong signal”. At the same time, he calls for tougher penalties for those unwilling to work.
With a view to the planned increase in citizen income by twelve percent in the coming year, deputy CDU/CSU parliamentary group leader Jens Spahn spoke of a “wrong signal” and called for more penalties for unemployed people unwilling to work. “Those who work must have more than those who don’t work,” said Spahn of the “Bild” newspaper (Wednesday). According to the current legal situation, a family of four receives an average of 2311 euros in citizen money – and thus in fact the same as an average earner family in Germany. “If the citizens’ income now increases more than the wages of many millions of employees, that is the wrong signal,” said Spahn.v
Jens Spahn calls for tougher penalties for those unwilling to work
He also called for clear penalties for those unwilling to work. “If employable recipients of citizen’s income repeatedly reject offered work or qualifications, there will be more noticeable financial consequences than today. Anyone who can work should work. We have to align our social systems more strongly according to this simple principle,” said Spahn.
The head of the Junge Union, Johannes Winkel, also criticized the forthcoming increase. “The traffic light makes politics for the unemployed, not for workers,” he told the “Bild” newspaper (Wednesday). In doing so, she sends the signal that work is no longer worthwhile. “The state pays almost EUR 40,000 a year for a family with three children. Why should you take a job instead?” Winkel emphasized.
Citizens’ income is to increase by around twelve percent in the coming year. Adult recipients are to receive 563 euros per month from January 1st – that is 61 euros more than at present, as Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) announced on Tuesday in Berlin. He spoke of a “significant increase” in an environment characterized by inflation and crises. However, social organizations criticized the planned increase as insufficient. More than five million people in Germany are currently receiving citizen’s income.
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