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Government will prompt welfare families to get help for children

The Local · 20 Apr 2011, 09:03

Published: 20 Apr 2011 09:03 GMT+02:00

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“Education is the way out of Hartz IV,” von der Leyen told the Wednesday edition of the regional paper Passauer Neue Presse.

“Therefore I think it is right that I write to each individual Hartz IV family.”

The education package available to Hartz IV recipients includes financial support for school materials, warm lunches in schools and kindergartens, as well as school help and leisure activities.

Such as package belongs to the minimum existence provision for children just as does food and a roof over their heads, said von der Leyen.

But parents should also do their bit, she added.

“They are capable of applying for their Hartz IV provision and the rent. Why should they not be able to apply for the education package for their children?” she asked.

The education package was put together to help the estimated 2.5 million children living in families so poor and so long out of work that they survive on the Hartz IV minimum social provision.

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A recent survey conducted by Der Spiegel suggested only two percent of those entitled to it actually claimed the education package for their children. This was blamed on, among other factors, on the chaotic introduction of the measure, as well as poorly-designed information campaigns and the amount of paperwork necessary to make the application.


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16:12 April 20, 2011 by whpmgr
OK, do these parents live so far from society that they do not know about the program? For the government to go so far out of their way to push people to take free money it is rediculous.

Next, why doesn't the government leave charity to the people, the churches and other volunteer organizations? Is it because the government wants to get rid of religion and so they have to take the place of it and make everyone pay for the government's choices?

The poor deserve soem things, right? Why not work for it like in the old days? Before welfare, it seems that Germany thrived by industrial power and education. It seems to have risen from the ashes before the big taxes and social programs. Why not let society voluntarily help the citizens out and quit spending tax money to do it? You could lower the burden on society and provide incentive for the people to provide these services. There might then be money left over in each family's budget to give more to charity? To let the individual decide which causes are merritous of donating time or money to?
17:36 April 20, 2011 by michael4096
This is only a surprise for those that think superficially about the problem. Examples...

1. the assumption that all immigrants are out for everything they can get

2. the assumption from immigrants that they alone are responsible for their children's education

3. the assumption that helping those that don't begin from a priviledged beginning is 'charity' and belongs in the realm of religion or voluteerism

C'mon guys! This is supposed to be the 21st century. The dark ages are gone. (Though, as a historian I object to my own implicit criticism of the 'dark ages' here. This period in history is beginning to look far more enlightened than we thought.)
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