Malu Dreyer: SPD plans new concept for child benefits

The maximum amount for children over 14 years should be 478 euros: At its party congress in December, the SPD wants to adopt a concept for new rules on child benefits. "We want to offer a living cash benefit that summarizes all previous family benefits," said acting party leader Malu Dreyer the newspapers of the Funke media group.


"It should be graduated according to income situation of the parents.The poorer the family is, the higher will be the cash benefit," said Dreyer to the plans. According to it, there should be a monthly base amount of 250 euros.


Extra Participation Account for each child


Already months ago, Social Minister Hubertus Heil had announced changes to child benefits. The SPD politician then presented the prospect that the performance should be merged with the less common child allowance.


The plans now proposed by Dreyer also provide for a participation account in the form of a children's ticket with a monthly sum of 30 euros. This would give children the opportunity to "go to the sports club, the music school or the pool – regardless of the purse of the parents," said the politician. In addition, there should be, among other things, non-contributory day-care centers and free travel in local transport for children nationwide.


Since 1 July 2019, the child allowance for the first and second child is € 204 per month, € 210 for the third child and € 235 for each additional child.

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