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Family minister suggests cut to parental benefits

DDP/The Local · 1 Jun 2010, 08:41

Published: 01 Jun 2010 08:41 GMT+02:00

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Düsseldorf-based daily Rheinische Post cited government sources saying the conservative Christian Democrat had already taken the offer to the Finance Ministry on Monday in an effort to contribute to Berlin's budgetary consolidation efforts.

Such a blanket cut could save some €200 million per year, the paper said.

The decrease would mean that the new minimum benefits would be €230 per month and the top rate would reach €1,730 per month for working parents taking time off after having a baby.

According to the paper, the Finance Ministry, headed by Köhler’s fellow party member Wolfgang Schäuble, welcomed the offer of savings.

A decision on the offer will be made in the coming weeks, the paper said.

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Current parental leave benefits pay new mothers or fathers 67 percent of their net salary if they decide take time off or reduce their weekly schedules to a maximum of 30 hours per week.

They can receive a maximum of €1,800, and a minimum of €300 for up to 14 months through the programme. However, in a bid to get fathers more involved, one parent may take a maximum of just 12 months of leave, earning the next two months of Elterngeld only if the other parent cares for the child during that time. Single parents get the full 14 months of compensation.

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Your comments about this article

09:43 June 1, 2010 by So36
How about just killing the idiotic plans for Betreuungsgeld first? Nobody thinks that's a good idea anyway.
09:44 June 1, 2010 by SKershaw
how about the incompentent german government make serious cuts... cut out all the do nothing, desk jocky, part time work/full time pay jobs that seems to flood the oversized government buildings... seriously... this government is inflated and bloated with way too many people, bogging the system down... BIG GOVERNMENT NEVER WORKS!

more stupid, unintelligent measures proving that Germany relies on Band-Aids to bandage gauging wounds gushing blood.
13:31 June 1, 2010 by GermanyBert
I predict that within 50 years the social benefits that Germans receive will be next to nothing based on the German birth rate which is about 1.38 children per mother in 2009. This is approximately 8 births per 1000 people. The German death rate is 11 per 1000 people and rising.

Using simple math it is easy to see that Germany is quickly running out of people to pay into the big social money post.

Compare this to the US birthrate of 14 per 1000 people and 8 deaths per thousand.

15:38 June 1, 2010 by Dlocal
...now half of you know why you are not in the commission that decides what shuold be done and what not with parental benifits!!

and for the love of god: stop comparing things with US...(a) you will never be able to compete but will only compare.. (b) some good things that we have here could stay here too....

15:40 June 1, 2010 by bayern
Ah, the glories of the State welfare program. Give someone elses money to another to have more kids? Get a job, pay your bills, have as many children as you CAN AFFORD, not what someone else can. This whole idea of a social welfare state is the reason most countries, US and Europe, are in the sorry state they are in.
23:59 June 1, 2010 by wxman
Finally, the Margaret Thatcher quote is coming into play...
21:01 June 2, 2010 by dbert4
Oh F@ck Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan too! They both caused most of the problems facing the UK and US today.
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