BFederal Minister of Finance Christian Lindner (FDP) sees little scope for the federal budget Basic child security demanded by the Greens. “A lot has already happened for families with children,” said Lindner of “Bild am Sonntag”. More is “always desirable, but not always possible”.
“Child benefit has been increased to 250 euros, higher than it has been since 1996,” said Lindner. The Federal Government provides a total of seven billion euros more per year for families and children. “The essentials for the basic child security is done financially.”
He sees other approaches to combating child poverty, said the FDP chairman: “Child poverty is often due to the parents’ unemployment. Therefore language support and integration of the parents in the labour market crucial to improve the children’s chances.” The redistribution of money “will eventually reach its limits when it comes to fighting poverty”.
Federal Family Minister Lisa Paus (Greens) is vehemently demanding the introduction of basic child security and estimates the costs at twelve billion euros per year.
As priorities for the 2024 budget, instead of basic child security, Lindner named “the renewal of the infrastructure of all modes of transport, digitization of the state, upgrading of the Bundeswehr, strengthening education and research, modernization of trade, medium-sized companies and industry”. Other projects should be “marked as ‘desirable but currently not feasible'”.
For 2024, the finance minister expects record revenues for the state. “The state as a whole is expected to take more than one trillion euros for the first time in the coming year,” said Lindner of the “BamS”. However, the money is not enough to finance the federal government’s legal obligations, Lindner told the newspaper. “There is currently no question of additional expenditure.”