In the debate on the future of Hartz IV, the Chairman of the Board of the Federal employment Agency (BA), Detlef Scheele has pleaded for reforms. Scheele turned at the same time, but clearly against the claims of the SPD to abolish the current system of basic security. Also in Germany employers have warned of a complete u-turn in the case of Hartz IV, The German trade Union Federation (DGB) called for, however, fundamental Changes.

Scheele told the German press Agency in Nuremberg: “There is need for reform in this law, but the problems are solvable.” The CEO of BA said: “We are not in favour of the whole of the law turn around.”

“Without sanctions, it is not the”

Scheele called it – similar to how recently the Federal Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil (SPD) – “reasonable” cost of the accommodation to cut, for young people to Zero. “But without sanctions as an ultima ratio.” Approximately three percent of all beneficiaries are sanctioned in the month.

salvation had been announced for 2019, a Hartz-IV-Reform: Tougher penalties for Under-25-Year-old, as well as the reduction of cost of property should be abolished, the duties of cooperation of the beneficiaries, but retained. The background is that the Jobcenter Hartz-IV-can reduce benefits when patients refuse their participation.

Nahles called citizens money

the SPD party and parliamentary group head of Andrea Nahles announced in November: “We will not let Hartz IV behind us.” Shortly thereafter, it specified in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “The new base backup must be a citizen of money.” Services should be adequate, sanctions would have to be largely eliminated.

On 10. and 11. January, the theme is likely to play a start to the year the exam of the SPD group in the Bundestag a role. In a further exam, the SPD wants to, according to the Secretary-General Lars Klingbeil at 10. and 11. February decisions on their “programmatic reorganization” meeting.

employers against SPD

employer President Ingo Kramer criticized the SPD-announcements, Hartz IV overcome to want, sharp. “My impression is, there’s a party in the tumultuous downward spiral and is trying to save these stories in a populist,” Kramer said of the dpa in Berlin. In surveys, the SPD currently reaches nationwide, 14 to 17 percent. “Although there are policies introduced by the SPD itself,” said the head of the Confederation of German employers ‘ associations.