MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Die Linke “In a rich country like Germany it is a shame that the grand coalition denies the increasing poverty in old age and does nothing about it. The figures from the Federal Statistical Office clearly show that for today’s pensioners we need a solidarity minimum pension immediately, so that no one has to live on less than 1200 euros in old age, and a preventive statutory minimum wage of at least twelve euros, ”explains Matthias W. Birkwald, pension policy spokesman for the DIE LINKE parliamentary group. Birkwald continues: “The new figures from the Federal Statistical Office show not only the drastic increase in old-age poverty, but also the causes. 17.4 percent of all women and 13.5 percent of all men over 64 live below the poverty threshold of 1,074 euros (one-person household). Accordingly, pensioners are particularly at risk, whose low income is being eaten up by rising rents and living costs. In addition to the 562,000 people who are dependent on social assistance in old age, there are therefore another 200,000 pensioner households who therefore receive housing benefit. East German men who were unemployed for too many years after reunification and were therefore unable to build up any or only limited pension entitlements are particularly at risk. The black-red coalition has completely failed in the fight against poverty in old age. 1.8 million disability pensioners were forgotten by the CDU / CSU and SPD in every reform. The so-called “basic pension” has been reduced so much by the Union that only 1.3 million people will benefit from it instead of three million. Very few people will seriously fight poverty in old age. If the pension adjustment were to fail in the coming year, the situation would worsen. That is why DIE LINKE is calling for a reform package to combat poverty in old age: a return to a pension level of 53 percent that ensures the standard of living, a statutory minimum wage of twelve euros, a poverty-proof pension supplement for low wages, the abolition of deductions for disability pensions or an equivalent measure and the introduction of a Income and wealth-tested solidarity minimum pension of 1,200 euros per month. “
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