No citizen is left alone. “You’ll never walk alone,” it says, not without pathos. What does the package look like? Pensioners should receive a one-time payment of 300 euros, students 200 euros. Those entitled to housing benefit receive an additional heating cost subsidy of 415 euros. The entitlement to housing benefit is to be expanded to two million people from the current 640,000. Especially when you earn little, you struggle with the prices, said Scholz.
Russia is “no longer a reliable energy supplier” for Scholz. But: “We will get through this harsh winter.” According to the traffic light coalition, a reduced price should apply for a certain basic consumption of electricity in the future. For an additional consumption beyond that, the price would not be limited. Scholz announced that “accidental profits” at companies due to high energy prices would be skimmed off. The Chancellor also emphasized the cooperation with the social partners: If employers “pay their employees because of the current development”, they should remain tax-free up to the sum of 3000 euros. An increase in child benefit was announced for families. 219 euros are currently being transferred for the first and second child, and this amount will increase by 18 euros at the beginning of the year.
The federal government also wants to contribute 1.5 billion euros a year to a successor model for the popular nine-euro ticket. The prerequisite is that “the countries make at least the same amount available,” says the paper. The aim is an “attractively priced ticket” in the range of 49 to 69 euros per month for a nationwide public transport ticket.
With the planned introduction of the citizens’ allowance at the beginning of next year, the SPD, Greens and FDP want to increase the standard rates for the needy to around 500 euros. Today, single people receive basic security of 449 euros per month.
Greens leader Omid Nouripour emphasized in the joint press conference that “in this country we will not let ourselves be divided” by Russia. “We will avert damage to this country,” said FDP leader and Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP), underlining the averting of “social hardship”.
“It is finished. Very good result,” Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) tweeted at 6:13 a.m. Negotiations had started 18 hours earlier. It is already the third package of measures intended to offset the drastic price increases – especially in the energy sector – as a result of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.