It may take some time before the basic child benefit (Kindergrundsicherung) planned by the new German government comes into effect. To fill the gap, the coalition intends to grant an immediate supplement for low-income families.
In the coalition agreement, the SPD, the FDP and the Greens agreed that the different types of allowances paid so far (such as Kindergeld and Hartz IV child benefits) are to be replaced by a single benefit (Kindergrundsicherung). The basic child allowance is intended to help families with low incomes in particular financially.
Announcement of immediate child allowance – which families are affected?
As reported by Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND), the new Federal Minister for Family Affairs Anne Spiegel (Green) has also announced an immediate child allowance for children from low-income families. It is to be available to those receiving Hartz IV, social assistance or child allowance until the new government coalition in Germany has implemented its broader basic child allowance project.
Anne Spiegel told RND in an interview that the parties in the new coalition are yet to determine exactly how much the announced allowance will amount to. It will probably be an amount in the range of 10-25 euros per child per month. According to the new federal minister for family affairs, some 2.7 million children in Germany could benefit from the support. The amount of the planned immediate allowance for children from poorer families is to be differentiated depending on their age.