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Poverty in old age : more and more pensioners living on welfare

more and more retirees can not live on their pension and are dependent on social assistance. The same is true for people with a disability. According to new Fig

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Poverty in old age : more and more pensioners living on welfare

more and more retirees can not live on their pension and are dependent on social assistance. The same is true for people with a disability. According to new Figures from the Federal Statistical office. As the authority announced on Wednesday, rose reduced the number of retirees and workers, the basic backup-related, last December, to just under 1.08 million. This was 1.9 percent more than in the previous year. Acquisition reductions of 48 percent, poverty in old age, 52 per cent, with Around 560,000 people living beyond 65 for financial reasons, a case for the social assistance – that's 150,000 more than ten years ago. In Berlin, the affects almost 44,000 citizens.

Despite the increase, a lot more people are in the opinion of experts in fact of old-age poverty. "40 to 50 percent of the needy do without on state social benefits", - stated in the social Association VdK. Many have worried that social services will bring back the money for their children to be wrong, because that only happens, if the income of the children is over 100,000 euros in the year.

"the larger the number of basic security in old age, the number of those who are not able to make a living from their old-age pension obviously refer to the greater", said Federal Minister for labour, Hubertus Heil (SPD), the daily mirror. Healing evaluated the latest Figures as proof that Germany needs the basic pension, urgently: "Who pays for decades in the pension insurance, the must of going to the office, be spared. And he must have more than basic security,“ says the Minister. The SPD wants to increase the pension rights of low-wage earners and on a needs test without. The Union rejects this, for weeks, the coalition is seeking a compromise.

old-age poverty is the biggest fear of the German citizens

The social associations of healing white. VdK-President Verena Bentele called the increase in the number of recipients of Basic income support of a "scandal". There are very many people who have worked for a long time and in the statutory pension insurance pays. Their pensions were nevertheless so low that you would have to apply for state aid such as the basic security. Bentele called for a free amount of 212 euros per month for the statutory pension, the basic provision: pension compensation up to this amount should not be counted, unlike today. Bentele argues, as the Federal Chairman of the workers ' welfare, Wolfgang Stadler, for the healing's basic pension.

"in Spite of a positive rate of growth in the number of needy pensioners is growing inside and pensioners," admitted Stadler. The remuneration of the approximately 20 million pensioners in Germany have been rising for years. On 1. July can look forward to a pensioner in the West, an increase of 3.18 per cent, in the East to 3,91 percent. Nevertheless, a growing number of senior citizens needs for social services are Affected low-income earners, long term unemployed, the failure of the self-employed and people who are not able to work due to illness or disability for three hours a day.

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