July also has some changes in store for the citizens. There will be a significant pension increase on 1 July. Pension benefits increase by 5.35 per cent in western Germany and by 6.12 per cent in eastern Germany. We summarize the changes.
Those who work for the minimum wage will receive more money from July. The statutory lower wage limit increases from EUR 9.82 to EUR 10.45 per hour. This corresponds to the Memorial Remuneration Commission’s decision, which continuously adjusts the amount. At the request of politicians, an unplanned one-off jump to twelve euros per hour will follow on 1 October.
Hartz IV supplement
For adult Hartz IV recipients, there is a one-time payment of 200 euros in July. For recipients of unemployment benefits I, the supplement is 100 euros.
Due to the increased energy prices, the child allowance is increased once. The child bonus of 100 euros is granted independently of social benefits. The current supplement of 20 euros per month is aimed at children in low-income families. It should be provided to children, young people and young adults who are entitled to basic security, payments under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act or additional living expenses under the Federal Supply Act – or for whom child allowances are paid.
According to the federal Department of Building, the heating expense subsidy is paid to the low-paid in July in some federal states. One-person households receiving housing benefit receive a one-off payment of EUR 270, a two-person household EUR 350 and each additional family member EUR 70.
Students and trainees who receive state aid such as Bafög also receive the heat subsidy.
EEC surcharge does not apply
From July, the surcharge for the promotion of green electricity will no longer apply. It was last at 3.72 cents per kilowatt hour.
The citizen tests, which have so far been free for all, are only free to a limited extent – for example, for children up to five years, pregnant women in the first three months, visitors to hospitals and nursing homes, household members in infected and residents in integration assistance facilities. Even those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons can still be tested for free. Otherwise, a test costs three euros.
Trisomy blood test
From July, the cost of prenatal blood tests for trisomy will be covered by the statutory health insurance companies under certain conditions. The reason for this is a decision made by the Federal Joint Committee, according to which the blood test for trisomy 13, 18 and 21 can be performed in justified individual cases and after medical advice to the pregnant woman and invoiced to the statutory health insurance companies. . The purpose of examining fetal DNA from the mother’s blood is to avoid invasive and risky methods such as amniocentesis.
From July, it will be easier to terminate contracts on the Internet – the so-called termination button will appear. This is stipulated in the law on reasonable consumer contracts. If a company offers to enter into a contract online via a website, it must also be possible to terminate the contract again via the website. The button applies, for example, to subscriptions to magazines or streaming services as well as fitness or mobile phone contracts. If a button is missing, even if a company is obliged to do so, termination without notice is possible.
Takes back old electronic devices
From July, supermarkets and pharmacies must take back used electronic equipment. Smaller items such as boilers, mobile phones and flashlights can be returned, regardless of whether a product has been purchased new. For larger appliances such as vacuum cleaners and refrigerators, the old appliances can be given away for a new purchase. A prerequisite for the stores to be able to accept electronic waste is a certain sales area, and that they themselves regularly offer electronic devices. (AFP)