On Friday , February 17, a majority of the Federal Parliament agreed to another reduction of housing support for unemployed young adults in Germany.
Following a proposal made by Christian and Social Democrats the parliament decided:
- to reduce welfare income for unemployed young adults living with their
parents (up to the age of 25) to 80 % of the basic welfare income of adults (which is 345 Euro/month)
- that unemployed young adults we receive NO subsidies for their rents if they leave their parents’ households without agreement of the local labour welfare offices. If there are serious social reasons the local offices can decide to allow one to move to her/his own flat. Howwever, as the costs have to be paid by the local budget, the local offices might restrict this option.
In fact, by this change of the "Hartz IV" legislation, many young unemployed adults will have no legal chance to establish their own household.
Consequently, parents and families with unemployed have to face another reduction of their income. Young adults without a real job are forced to stay with their parents, a situation that will cause more family troubles and create obstacles to individual emancipation.
As another consequence, many young adults may try to leave their parents houses even without financial support. They would find illegal forms of work and income, informal ways of housing. This will cause an increase of precarious housing conditions, violence and homelessness.
The Parliament took its decision hastily and without serious negotiations, in order to save the the government money.
The Ruhr Tenants Forum, welfare organisations, the evangelical churches, networks of unemployed have vigorously criticized this decision. There are even obvious conflict with the federal constitutions and some other legislation.
"We believe, that every adult has the right to have a flat by his/her own, indepently from the offices decisions," The Ruhr Tenants Forum stated.
Indeed, "a flat of your own" has been a main demand of the emancipative left and youth movements since Weimar