Hartz IV recipients will get more money in 2021. The federal government decided on Wednesday. The greatest increase is said to be for young people between the ages of 14 and 17.
Hartz IV recipients should receive at least seven euros more per month from next year. The rate for single adults will rise from 432 to at least 439 euros at the beginning of January 2021. The Federal Cabinet in Berlin decided on a corresponding draft by Federal Social Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) on Wednesday.
The biggest increase should be for young people between the ages of 14 and 17: For them, the rate should rise by at least 39 euros to at least 367 euros per month. No increase is initially planned for 6- to 13-year-olds. The law has yet to be passed by the Bundestag and Bundesrat.
The standard rates are reset every five years if a new so-called income and expenditure sample (EVS) is available. They are also updated annually in line with the development of wages and prices. This calculation is still pending. So there will be another increase.
The EVS is an official statistic that collects the income and expenditure of around 60,000 representative households. The Hartz IV rates are then based on the expenditure of households in lower income groups.
Social organizations, the Greens and the left criticize this methodology. The social association VdK describes the calculated standard requirement levels as “not realistic”. They weren’t enough to live on. The Paritätische Gesamtverband speaks of an “outrageous small-scale calculation” of the standard rates. “The federal government is ignoring the vehement demands of trade unions, social and family associations and science for a course correction in the determination of the standard rate,” said the social policy spokesman for the Green parliamentary group, Sven Lehmann, the editorial network Germany.