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Penalties handed out to jobless soar

The Local · 19 Apr 2011, 08:28

Published: 19 Apr 2011 08:28 GMT+02:00

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Daily Bild reported that 828,708 infringement sanctions were handed out to Hartz IV jobless benefit recipients last year.

The figure was 14 percent higher than in 2009, the paper reported, citing statistics from the Federal Labour Office (BA). It continues the trend of rising numbers of penalties.

Most penalties were dished out to people who had not turned up to agreed appointments at the BA office, or who had failed to apply for any jobs.

In 102,631 cases, sanctions were given because people had refused to accept a reasonable offer of employment, education or a part-time “€1 job.”

The average size of penalties also rose, the paper reported. On average, people slapped with a penalty lost €114.31 per month of their payments, which was about €10 more than the previous year.

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09:36 April 19, 2011 by tallady
Long term unemployment often results in apathy towards employment. The unemployed are not inspired by work that pays less than they currently garner through the system while remaining at home.

Hefty penalties resulting in less benefits for those that show contempt for the system should help counter this.
09:50 April 19, 2011 by ufo4u00
The other side of the coin:

I started a new job again on 1 March. I applied for Arbeitsgeldlos 2 on 3 January 2011. My application is still under review. My landlord has served me papers from the courts and given me 2 months to pay the back rent plus court costs. None of my bills had been paid since December 2010 until I transfered money from my first pay. I am now without money again for another month, but this concerns no one.

Fred Daniel Shook III

Dreieich Germany
10:07 April 19, 2011 by Kanji
IF you are long term unemployed, no interest or not trying hard in searching for a job and no interest in joining any giving educational/training program from the government then you deserved to be penalize. It only shows your lazy and just want to live with other's money.
10:27 April 19, 2011 by pepsionice
Back in the late 1990s, I had this German neighbor. The guy got laid off by the garbage pick-up service. He had an injury which him unable to function for six months and the company finally found reasons to dump him. He started unemployment compensation at that point. He'd come off this for a month or two, and looking for employment...then he'd have another injury. Back and forth this went, and finally all of the unemployment compensation ran out, so he went to Hartz IV. Over the past decade, he's been on a dozen odd jobs but never lasted more than four weeks before another injury would sideline him. As his three kids each finished school and left....he got less and less money. Six months ago, I was told via my son who is still friends with this guy's son....that "dad" finally got a real job and has been employed for several months. The chief reason? They kept cutting the Hartz IV payment to the point where sitting around the house was simply not possible.
10:57 April 19, 2011 by tallady
ufo4u00. I can fully understand your frustrations and hope you resolve the disparity over your income.

Thank you for pointing out that the system is far from flawless.
13:47 April 19, 2011 by PawD
Funny how these Germans crib over being paid by the govt. even after being unemployed... they should all pay India a visit... back in India you might die of hunger if you remain unemployed... now that is some motivation to make people work!
14:31 April 19, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
I could only wish that we had such a system here in the US. But our pandering politicians don't have the guts to do it. Any time anyone seeks to cut welfare the actors like Jesse Jackson come out of the woodwork to proclaim we are discriminating against minorities. So we are stuck with a welfare system which is neither "well" not "fair."
17:59 April 19, 2011 by bugger
welcome to capitalism, worker worth is measured with producing profit for capitalists, when worker is sick or unemployed, they send him to garbage. there are crowd of sick older people who can't find job or can't work anymore. this cutting is just saving money for the state under any excuse. and don't forget one thing, if you are woman, they can even push you to accept job of prostitute, striptease, etc, if you refuse, they cut social care benefits for you.
14:00 April 20, 2011 by slawek
I wonder what these people do if they have no money for food. There is always a humane solution of course - like suicide - or less humane, start a criminal career.
09:25 April 22, 2011 by catjones
@bugger...please remove tinfoil hat.
19:50 April 27, 2011 by Englishted
09:25 April 22, 2011 by catjones

@bugger...please remove tinfoil hat.

and get on your knees and kiss the rear of the kind and loving employers who are happy to pay you so little as to have nothing but the bare minimum.
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