Whether “hot autumn” or “angry winter” – social protests were predicted and lo and behold: They are finding their way onto the streets of the country’s major cities. The reason: high energy prices. why it just for Hartz 4receiver is likely to get hard.
That it Hartz 4It’s obvious that recipients don’t have it easy anyway. Their tight standard rate (around 37 euros per month for clothing and shoes, 17 euros for health care) does not make big leaps possible.
Hartz 4: Only “reasonable” heating costs are covered
The government initially answered how they should be able to use such a tightly calculated balance to cope with the inflation-related high prices with an increased standard rate (502 euros citizen income) on January 1, 2023.
But what about the heating costs? These are generally taken over by the social welfare offices. But only as long as they are “reasonable”. Anything above that will not be accepted. The recipients have to pay for this out of their own pocket. A so-called lid.
Hartz 4: What is appropriate is not defined
Now one might think that the all-important limit of “reasonableness” is unequivocally defined in law. But she isn’t. What is meant by this is unclear. Social welfare offices and job centers apply different criteria as to what is appropriate. According to the Federal Social Court, there must be a “coherent overall concept”. In plain English: heat economically, not wastefully. However, it always depends on the individual case.
In addition to the lack of clarity about the appropriateness, there is another hammer: Consumption does not seem to play a role for the social welfare office, but first of all the pure costs, as reported by “Zeit”. This scares many Hartz 4 recipients. After all, the costs are currently rising sharply.
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It could be expensive, especially for people who, for example, have an increased need for heat due to illness. (jfo)