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Green light for citizen money in the Bundestag

In Berlin, the Bundestag approved the compromise on citizen income with a large majority. Citizens’ income is to replace Hartz IV benefits on January 1, 2023

Members of the German Bundestag vote on the new citizens' income during the plenary session in the German Bundestag.  The main topics of the 71st session of the 20th legislative period are the vote on the compromise on citizen income decided by the Mediation Committee and the end of the budget week. 

Members of the German Bundestag vote on the new citizens’ income during the plenary session in the German Bundestag. The main topics of the 71st session of the 20th legislative period are the vote on the compromise on citizen income decided by the mediation committee and the end of the budget week. dpa / Bernd von Jutrczenka

The Bundestag has given the green light for the planned citizens’ allowance. In a roll-call vote on Friday, the majority of MPs voted in favor of a compromise on the successor to Hartz IV, which came about under pressure from the Union. 557 MPs voted in favor, against 98. Two abstained. The final vote in the Federal Council should take place on Friday.

This means that the citizen’s income could flow with significantly higher benefit rates on January 1st. The core of the reform is a change in the job center’s approach to the unemployed. In the future, they should do more to ensure that those affected get permanent work instead of short-term unskilled jobs. These parts of the reform are scheduled to come into force on July 1st.

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