For a Ukrainian family with one child, the job center paid an impressive 4,460 euros of rent per month. The related benefit notice, which was shared online, caused a lot of anger among citizens. Thanks to a federal law, terrible rents for citizen benefit recipients are not an isolated case: those who cannot afford such apartments despite hard work continue to finance those who can afford it. .
In the Harz district of Saxony-Anhalt, the job center paid for a couple from Ukraine with one child from November 2022 to April 2023. For rent alone of 4,460 euros per month, the family was paid 1,093 euros every month – resulting in a total amount of 5,553 euros. For a three-person household, the office actually pays a maximum of 376.60 euros for basic rent and 99.40 euros for heating and hot water. However, the refugee family was paid 1,487 euros per person per month, or 49.55 euros every day.
How is it possible to pay such a terrible fare? Once again, you can only shake your head at the explanation: due to the housing shortage, the districts were initially forced to rent expensive apartments, especially to Ukrainian refugees. A new regulation in Section 22 of the Second Social Security Code, which also covers the waiting period, says that job centers are not allowed to request a transfer before January 1, 2024, even if the rent is unreasonably high. If there is no voluntary transfer, the districts and independent cities will have to pay higher rental costs from June 1, 2022.
“In this first year, fair comparative fares do not apply,” explains Götz Ulrich (54, CDU), district administrator of the Saxony-Anhalt Burgenland district and chairman of the Saxony-Anhalt district council. This regulation applies to all recipients of civil benefits and is therefore not an isolated case. Ulrich said, “The case described is another bad egg that the federal legislature has placed in our nest.”
There is no relief in sight from the federal government. “To date, municipalities are waiting for relief from the federal government from the costs it has imposed on them starting June 1, 2022. “So far, the federal government has not passed legislation and has not kept its promises,” complains Ulrich. “In my opinion, the overall regulation of citizens’ money has not been well thought out,” he concludes.
It is absolutely unbearable how the government wastes the tax money collected from citizens. The rule that immigrants from around the world receive the same benefits in the social system as paying locals can only be called unfair. The fact that political leaders refuse to recognize this massive attraction factor is shameful and even shameless. The old parties are and will remain the AfD’s best electoral allies.