Life in Germany. Citizenship income (Bürgergeld). From July this year, the additional income limits for Bürgergeld recipients will change. Here’s what you need to know.
Beginning 2023, the Hartz benefit was replaced by the Bürgergeld national income. It is not a kind of unconditional basic income. Citizens’ income is only a basic security and beneficiaries should continue to try to return to the labor market. The new Bürgergeld benefit is also aimed at compensating for the inflation of energy costs.
What will change from July?
An important change applies to low-wage workers who also receive the Bürgergeld citizen’s income. People earning from 520 to 1,000 euros a month will receive 30 percent more in the future. Previously, it was 20 percent.
Until now, an additional income of up to €100 was not included in the national income. A percentage scale applies to amounts above this value. Those earning between €100 and less than €520 a month can keep 20 percent as before. People earning between 1,000 and 1,200 euros a month can keep 10 percent.
How much is the payment?
The 2023 Income payment has been hanging in the balance for a long time. The ruling coalition and the federal states finally reached a compromise on this issue on November 22. From January 2023, the standard Bürgergeld rate increased by €50 on average and will be:
- Children up to 5 years 318 euros per month
- Children from 6 to 13 years old will receive 348 euros per month
- Children aged 14 to 17 are to receive €420 .
- For couples living together, €451 per month is provided .
- 502 euros per month for single people.
Who is entitled to the Bürgergeld
According to the Buerger-Geld.de portal, anyone who wants to qualify for the benefit must have the following requirements:
- Need real help
- Be able to work at least 3 hours a day
- Be registered in Germany (Anmeldung) and have your life center here
- Be at least 15 years old and have not yet reached the retirement age
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