It’s been decided: The citizen’s income and social assistance will be increased from January 1, 2024. Single adults will then receive 563 euros a month. That is 61 euros more, or twelve percent. There will also be around twelve percent more for personal school supplies. Payments under the Asylum Seekers’ Benefits Act will also increase. This was announced by the federal government. Background are enormously risen costs of living and higher prices for energy.
The new rates for social assistance and citizen’s allowance per month: single / single parents 563 euros (plus 61 euros); couples per partner 506 euros (plus 55 euros); young people from 14 to 17 years 471 euros (plus 51 euros); children from 6 to 13 years 390 euros (plus 42 euros) and children from 0 to 5 years 357 euros (plus 39 euros).
There is also more money for school supplies. In the first school term, this amounts to 130 euros (plus 14 euros), in the second school term 65 euros (plus 7 euros). School supplies include pens, crayons, calculators, exercise books and craft materials. Families who receive child allowance or housing benefit also receive these benefits under the so-called education package. “Those who receive benefits under the Asylum Seekers’ Benefits Act may also be entitled to the education package,” the federal government’s statement says.
Citizen’s income, the basic income support for job seekers, is paid to people “who, despite extensive efforts, cannot find a job or earn so little from their work that their livelihood is not secured.” People who cannot work because of age or illness are entitled to social assistance.
Agentur für Arbeit in Tübingen. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian.