for the First time since the introduction of Hartz IV, according to a report in the newspaper, less than three million households from primary to backup. The Federal Agency reported in November approximately 2,996 million so-called needs of communities. These were just under 200,000, or 6.2 percent fewer than a year earlier. As the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” reported, the number for the first time since the creation of the politically controversial Hartz IV 14 years ago under the Three-million mark. Since 2008, the number of affected households decreased by nearly 600,000, or 17 per cent.

According to the Figures of the Federal employment Agency, lived in the Hartz-IV-households in November 2018 well together 5.9 million people. The goods of 305,000 less than a year earlier.

employment Agency-in-chief for reforms

With the introduction of Hartz IV, were consolidated in 2005 under SPD Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, unemployment and social assistance. The Reform is still controversial, even within the SPD. Party leader Andrea Nahles had demanded in November, the Overcoming of Hartz-IV-system and the abolishment of the sanctions pronounced. The Federal Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil (SPD) aims for this year is a Hartz-IV-Reform.

In the debate over the future of basic security had Scheele, the head of the Federal Agency for work (BA), Detlef, the last time for reform advocates, but at the same time, clearly against the claims of the SPD to abolish the current system turned. “There is need for reform in this law, but the problems are solvable,” said Scheele, the German press Agency.

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