Relief: The increase in child benefit does not reach these groups

The federal association for single mothers and fathers criticized. Therefore, the child benefit does not reach the single parents.

The Federal Association for single mothers and fathers criticizes the relief provided by child benefit as a “zero-sum game”. Because the child benefit increase as part of the federal government’s third relief package, does not reach single parents.

“The problem is the interaction with the maintenance advance and the SGB II. The child benefit increase cannot have any effect here. The child benefit is increased, but counted 100 percent against the maintenance advance, which is then reduced accordingly,” criticized Miriam Hoheisel, managing director of the association, opposite our editorial team.

The federal government speaks of a special support for the family through the planned increase. Child benefit is to be increased to 250 euros per month on January 1, 2023. For the first two children, this amounts to around 31 euros more per month. For the third child it is around 25 euros per month.

Single parents have no benefit from child benefit

single parents bring these increases in child benefit nothing. The increase is also intended for single mothers and fathers, but at the same time the same amount will be credited 100 percent to the maintenance advance from January.

The maintenance advance is a state benefit that is paid to single parents to secure the financial basis of the child’s livelihood if the other parent does not pay maintenance or only pays part of it.

According to the federal association, this problem affects over 830,000 children of single parents. There is talk of many disappointed and outraged reactions from parents. This group of legal guardians is particularly struggling with the current economic situation.

“We have high inflation, we have rising energy prices, which single parents feel strongly. Inflation hits families with low incomes and thus single parents particularly hard,” says Hoheisel.

Highest risk of poverty for single-parent families

The Bertelsmann Foundation reported last year that single-parent families in Germany highest risk of poverty to have. 43 percent of so-called single-parent families are considered low-income. At 88 percent, women who raise their children alone are most affected.

Hoheisel now expects the following from the federal government: “We are calling for the child benefit allowance to be changed in the maintenance advance.” She also calls for “the project from the coalition agreement of a tax credit for single parents to be implemented quickly.”

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