Traffic light coalition: Rising prices: Are pensioners now being relieved more?

Union and unions are demanding new financial aid, the taxpayers’ association insists on the debt brake. What is the traffic light doing now?

Is the state money enough for further relief? This Wednesday, the heads of the traffic light coalition want to discuss possible steps against the current price increases to advise. While the Greens and SPD already have a number of relief proposals on the table, the FDP is insisting on returning to the debt brake by next year at the latest.

In the run-up to the coalition meeting, the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) called for further financial relief: In view of rising prices and the uncertainties in the gas supply Another relief package is urgently needed, said DGB chairwoman Yasmin Fahimi to our editorial team. “In such a time of crisis, it is not just wage policy that can be burdened with preventing losses in purchasing power and cushioning social hardship.”

At the same time, from Fahimi’s point of view, “an ongoing, monthly supplement to the Hartz IV standard rates is necessary”. This is a quickly effective immediate measure for low earners and is “socio-politically urgently needed so that poverty situations are not exacerbated”.

Energy costs: DGB demands price caps for electricity and gas

The DGB chair also spoke in favor of a price cap for the Basic electricity and gas needs out. This could quickly relieve all private households. It is also an incentive to save energy, “because if you use more than this basic requirement, you pay even more”. In addition, “a new edition of the energy price flat rate” must be considered so that pensioners and students also receive appropriate support.

Fahimi criticized the current tax policy of Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP). “We consider a public austerity course, as Federal Minister of Finance Lindner is now calling for it, to be fundamentally wrong. The debt brake must remain suspended.”

Public debt: Taxpayers’ Association warns traffic light coalition

The Taxpayers’ Association and the Federal Association of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (BVMW) see things differently: “The debt brake is not just any political symbol, but an expression of fair coexistence between the generations and a sustainable budgetary policy,” said Reiner Holznagel, President of the Taxpayers’ Association Editorial staff.

“Compliance with the standard debt brake is a must for the traffic light coalition from 2023,” emphasized Holznagel. SMEs are also clearly positioning themselves against a further suspension of the debt brake. “Solid state finances and compliance with the debt brake are indispensable in order to be able to master future crises,” said BVMW chief economist Hans-Jürgen Völz. New debt would burden future generations in an “irresponsible way”.

Union Vice Spahn calls for targeted relief

The Union called on the traffic light parties to provide more targeted relief for people. “The traffic light measures ignore the needs of citizens and companies. Sustainable and targeted relief is needed where the prices are highest,” said the deputy leader of the Union, Jens Spahn, to our editors.

Among other things, the CDU politician suggested energy vouchers that “combine saving energy and money”. In addition, Spahn advocated a reduction in the electricity tax and called on Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to implement his campaign promise for an “industrial electricity price of 4 cents”. “He should finally redeem that and relieve companies so that products don’t become even more expensive,” said Spahn.

The chairman of the workers’ group of the Union parliamentary group, Axel Knoerig (CDU), also called for further aid to be designed more precisely. “Any further relief package from the federal government must follow the guideline: Targeted help for those who need it.” The tank discount and the 9-euro ticket, for example, are “not effective”. The commuters get nothing from the tank discount.

Knoerig also called for more price transparency at the petrol stations, “so that the public is informed and the cartel office can intervene effectively.” As an alternative solution, Knoerig spoke out in favor of an “income-independent distance allowance”. Pensioners, students and “recipients of wage replacement benefits such as young parents” would also have to receive the traffic light energy flat rate.

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