According to reports on an internal paper by the Ministry of Finance, it is now clearer that the builders of large properties can probably not count on the new funding. But there is disagreement in the coalition.
Dhe planned child benefit will probably not be paid for large apartments and houses. SPD parliamentary group leader Andrea Nahles said on Saturday that there was a corresponding understanding between the finance and building ministries. “They have agreed on this point,” said Nahles on the sidelines of the North Rhine-Westphalian state party conference of the Social Democrats in Bochum. The proposal is now going to Parliament.
Several media had previously reported that a family with two children could only receive funding for properties with a maximum of 120 square meters of living space – ten square meters should be added for each additional child. The reports were based on a submission from the Treasury to the Budget Committee. The Treasury Department refused to comment on the reports on Saturday. It was already clear beforehand that the funding should only be given to people who earn a maximum of 75,000 euros in taxable income. This limit is shifted upwards by 15,000 euros per child.
The CDU budget politician Eckhardt Rehberg, however, filed an objection. He thinks the restriction is wrong. The parliamentary groups of the Union and SPD have also not decided on an upper limit. Restricting funding according to living space is “unfair and creates unnecessary bureaucracy,” said Rehberg. Most families, just on thatLand, would be excluded from the child benefit: “That was not the intention in our election manifesto and contradicts the coalition agreement.”
The spokesman for the Union parliamentary group for construction, housing, urban development and municipalities, Kai Wegner (CDU), also rejects the upper limit. “The Baukindergeld should support family-friendly living in town and country,” he told the “Handelsblatt”. Since the proposed limit runs counter to this, “we reject it.” Wegner added: “We want to encourage as many families as possible to own property and not restrict them in the process.”
An example from Berlin shows what the cap can mean. There on Friday a freelance woman (39) and her boyfriend (40) with two children (6 and 2 years old) signed the purchase agreement for a 127 square meter apartment. “We got the loan with a bang,” the buyer reported to the dpa news agency. The decision was only possible in anticipation of the retrospectively promised Baukindergeld. If the limit were to come, they would only receive the Baukindergeld for a third child and a funding limit that would then increase to 130 square meters. “That’s crazy,” criticized the woman.
The Baukindergeld is 1200 euros per year and child and is to be paid for ten years. It is intended to help create the living space that is lacking in many regions more quickly. However, it is also considered extremely expensive for the federal budget.