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Source: Die Linke “It is a scandal that the number of poor children and young people continues to rise, while at the same time there are more and more wealthy billionaires,” commented Norbert Müller, child and youth policy spokesman for the DIE LINKE parliamentary group, on the numbers of the monitor presented today Youth poverty in Germany 2020. Norbert Müller continues: “Unfortunately, it is hardly surprising that the number of children and young people at risk of poverty will rise significantly again during the Corona crisis – even according to an estimate by the Ministry of Labor. The Federal Government has failed in the fight against child and youth poverty for years and is responsible for the development shown. The Youth Poverty Monitor clearly shows how devastating the lockdown had on poor young people. The entire youth and leisure area was shut down. However, open child and youth work in particular is an important element in promoting the participation of young people living in poverty. Young people can find important contacts and support here. The federal, state and local governments must ensure that child and youth welfare services are maintained even in the event of a renewed lockdown. In addition, in the upcoming budget negotiations, the sponsors must be given significantly better financial resources so that they can cope with the additional burdens caused by Corona. In order to protect children and young people from poverty in the long term, DIE LINKE calls for the introduction of a basic child benefit and specifically proposes that child benefit be increased to 328 And depending on age and parental income, up to an additional 302 euros per child. In this way we can ensure that no child has to grow up in poverty anymore. The social associations, the trade unions and the opposition have made specific proposals for the introduction of basic child benefits. The federal government must finally act and implement them. “


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