The social Association VdK want to occur before the Federal constitutional court for the abolition of the Hartz-IV-sanctions. “The sanctions regulations in the code of social law are unconstitutional,” says President of the Association Verena Bentele. It is loaded on Tuesday, as experts, to a hearing in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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The court needs to clarify the question of whether the reduction of benefits in the case of Hartz IV recipients is compatible with the basic law. The social court Gotha has asked the constitutional court for examination. “The consequences of people not only in their social participation, solid limit, but also the existence threatening,” says Bentele. There is no evidence that the sanctions have encouraged the long-term integration into the labour market. Instead, they led to a spiral of often in Debt. As for the penalties, neither the personal circumstances taken into account, nor hardship would be rules, so Bentele, this “disproportionate “.

From September 2017 to August 2018 imposed by the job center 931.000 new sanctions, about 77 percent of this is due to reporting omissions. Were affected around three percent of the working-Hartz-IV-receiver. This is evident from the response of the Federal government to an inquiry of the green group. On average, the benefits were reduced to 110 euros, just under 13 euros, related to costs cut, cuts in living.

Over the year to be decided on dishes of around 4800 actions. In a third of cases they were given in whole or in part. Sven Lehmann, the social policy spokesman of the Greens, hopes that the constitutional court of “the current sanctions practice a stop sign”.

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