The risk of poverty for families with children has fallen slightly

Photo: Children on bicycles (archive), via dts news agency

Berlin (dts) – The risk of poverty for families with children fell slightly last year. This emerges from the federal government's response to a small request from the AfD parliamentary group, which the "Rheinische Post" reports on in its Thursday edition.

Accordingly, in 2023 the so-called poverty risk rate - this is the proportion of people with an income of less than 60 percent of the average income of the population - fell from 8,4 percent in the previous year to 8,1 percent last year for couples with one child. For couples with two children, the poverty risk rate fell even more significantly from 11,2 to 10,4 percent, and for three or more children from 32 to 30,1 percent. Even among single parents, who are particularly often at risk of poverty, the proportion fell from 43,2 to 41 percent.

In its response, the Federal Ministry of Labor relies on data from the microcensus. It also refers to other figures from the European Survey on Income and Living Conditions (EU-Silc), which also signal a decline in at-risk-of-poverty rates for families with children.

One explanation, in addition to the general increase in wages and salaries, is that the state is giving many families more financial support than before. In addition to the increase in child benefit to 250 euros per child per month at the beginning of 2023, the child allowance for low-income families also plays an important role: the number of private households that receive the allowance has recently increased significantly - as have the payment amounts, as can be seen from the response from the ministry.

According to data from the Ministry of Labor, around 413.000 private households with a total of over a million children received the child allowance in February. In contrast, the annual average for 2023 was only 363.000 households with almost 927.000 children. In 2021, when the traffic light agreed on basic child security in the coalition agreement, only 728.000 children benefited from the surcharge - that is almost 300.000 fewer than today.

The amounts paid out are now significantly higher: while households received an average child allowance of 2021 euros in 339, last year it was almost 429 euros - or 90 euros more per month.

“Good social policy should consist of reducing social need through reasonable wages, stable prices and low taxes,” said AfD politician René Springer. Instead, politics is driving more and more families into social dependency.