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Source: DGB – BundesvorstandPM 069 – 20.11.2020 Poverty Report 2020 of the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband “Poverty endangers social peace” With a view to the poverty report of the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband, Anja Piel, DGB board member, said on Friday in Berlin: “The highest poverty rate since reunification Not only bad for those affected, but also an alarming signal to all of us. Particularly depressing: the largest group of the 13.2 million poor are employed. In plain language: every third of these people is poor despite work and the vast majority of them have medium or good qualifications. Poverty despite gainful employment is and will remain a particular scandal in Germany in the 21st century. The unequal distribution of income is exacerbated by the Corona crisis. Crisis-related income losses are by no means evenly distributed across all population groups. Low-wage earners, mini-jobbers, as well as employees in the catering and contract work – i.e. those who did not live on the sunny side even before the crisis – suffer life-threatening losses. Parties must now finally take a clear position on what they are doing to combat poverty and social inequality want. The general election next year must become a competition for how people in lower income groups can catch up with the middle. Proposals from the unions are on the table: The minimum wage must urgently be increased to 12 euros outside of the usual adjustment procedure. In addition, children need basic security so that precisely the families whose need is greatest receive the most support. Such a basic child benefit also ensures that no one has to live permanently in poverty just because they decide to have children despite their low income. Low-earning people need prospects for advancement and the low-wage quagmire must be permanently dried up. Otherwise there is a risk that people who are still working are poor and cannot improve their situation on their own, turn away frustrated and without hope. This not only obscures democratic participation but also endangers social peace. “

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