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Single parent in Germany and receives the minimum wage less money than a Hartz IV recipient


Alone-time full-time worker who receives the minimum wage is apparently less likely to have available money than the Hartz IV standard rate. This reports the „Augsburger Allgemeine“ . It refers to a response from the Federal Government to a request from the Left Party in the Bundestag.

A full-time job at the current minimum wage of 8.84 euros per hour thus brings with an average weekly working time of 37.7 hours a gross earnings of 1338.62 euros per month. An affected person with a child under six years can spend a maximum of 336 euros per month on the rent, in order not to depend on government assistance, the information provided by the federal government are cited. But this is hardly possible in many parts of Germany because of sharply rising rents, said the left-wing member of the Bundestag Susanne Ferschl.

More than 90 percent of the Hartz IV need communities but entitled to the assumption of higher housing costs, it is said in the documents on. On average, single parents of Hartz IV receive 538 euros a month for housing and heating.

According to the calculations of the Federal Government, a need-covering hourly fee in the national average would have to be just under eleven euros. In more than half of the 401 districts and independent cities in Germany, the minimum wage would therefore have to exceed ten euros. In 20 cities and districts with particularly high rents, even more than twelve euros minimum wage are needed to cover the running costs.

Ferschl criticized in the „Augsburger Allgemeine“: „The minimum wage is too low. For single parents he does not reach all over Germany. It does not even guarantee the need that is officially granted. „The left-wing politician demanded:“ Employers must finally pay a fair price for the goods they buy labor. Otherwise the minimum wage becomes a poverty trap and does not protect against undercutting competition based solely on low and lowest wages. „The minimum wage should rise to at least twelve euros.

At the turn of the year, the statutory minimum wage rises to 9.19 euros, one year later to 9.35 euros. Recently, among other things, Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil and other SPD politicians such as Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz had demanded to shift the lower wage limit in the direction of twelve euros per hour.