Beate zepf , who has been working for 20 years at caritas in the social service for refugees, knows the destinies. Like that of an iraqi family who came to forchheim in the spring with their two two- and three-year-old children and was accommodated in the shelter – all in one room! Of course, there are benefits in kind, such as daily meals, hygiene articles and clothing vouchers twice a year, as well as assistance for the sick, initial baby equipment and support for schoolchildren from the education package. But the so-called "pocket money for all the things you still need in life was scarce.
"Until now, a family had to make ends meet with about 120 euros for personal needs," explains beate zepf, tells the supervisor of the caritas. Despite the rising cost of living, nothing had changed since 1993 – until the federal constitutional court ruled on the matter this year in its decision of 18 december 2009. July the past benefit rates as evidently insufficient called and demanded these to the subsistence level to raise. Will mean on hartz 4 level. Uniformly, single adults now receive 346 euros (previously 224.97 euros) and young people from the beginning of 15 years of age. 271 euros instead of the previous 199 euros.
This applies to all asylum seekers who live in private apartments – which is more than half in bavaria. For people living in shared accommodation, including the asylum seekers in forchheimer jahn-strasse, the priority of benefits in kind still applies. However, they also benefit from the innovation: because the pocket money was also increased. "For example, for a head of household from about 40 to 134 euros so far", explains daniela schurf, press spokeswoman of the bavarian ministry of social affairs.
From 1. August the new standard rates are paid out. The social welfare office in forchheim now grants pocket money of 107 euros for adults, reports beate zepf from the social service for refugees. The press spokeswoman of the district office, kathrin schurr, explains the deviation from the amount of 134 euros mentioned by the ministry with the fact that it is still a matter of transitional arrangements. However: "it is to be welcomed that the services are now aligned to the subsistence level", emphasizes beate zepf. It is not about luxury but the coverage of the simplest personal needs: for example, the purchase of headache pills that are not paid for through medical aid and other incidental expenses that add up. Also a little more participation in the social life is now possible. "A child of asylum seekers also wants an ice cream or to go to the open-air swimming pool", clarifies beate zepf .