Work: The majority sees citizens’ money as an incentive not to work

The majority sees citizen’s money as an incentive not to work

At the beginning of 2024, citizens’ money for basic security will increase by an average of around twelve percent. photo

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According to a recent survey, 64 percent of Germans fear that increasing citizens’ benefits could deter people from regular work. Supporters of two parties are particularly skeptical.

64 percent of the population fear that people will be hurt because of the increase in… Citizens’ benefit could decide against regular employment on January 1st. This emerges from a published survey by the opinion research institute Forsa on behalf of the magazine “Stern”.

Supporters of the AfD and the Union are particularly critical of the increase in citizens’ allowance. 86 or 78 percent of them think that it is hardly worth pursuing a job anymore. The fear that the incentive to work will decrease is also prevalent among FDP (60 percent) and SPD (54 percent) voters. Only the majority of Green Party supporters do not share this view. Only 27 percent of them see the increase in citizens’ allowance next year as an incentive not to work. The institute interviewed 1,009 people for the survey between November 16th and 17th.

At the beginning of 2024, citizens’ benefits will increase by an average of around twelve percent for more than five million adults and children in basic security. The standard rate is adjusted annually to prices and wages – as was previously the case with Hartz IV. For single people, the citizen’s allowance will be increased by 61 to 563 euros on January 1st.


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