News Question of the week: With which projects does GroKo start now?
Friday, 16.03.18 , written by Julia Meier This week, almost six months after the election, the representatives of the new GroKo were sworn in. Many important projects have remained untouched by the formation of a government for a long time. It is all the more pleasing that the Union and SPD now want to start swiftly with the implementation of their projects. But where did the parties set their
Family, care and social security are not neglected at GroKo
- Union and SPD are planning a swift implementation of key GroKo projects.
- The topics of family and care, pension and social insurance are not neglected.
- Projects such as building costs and the right of return for employees from part-time to full-time jobs are planned later this year.
171 days after the election to the Bundestag, the coalition agreement was signed and the new ministers sworn in. Chancellor Merkel is thus entering the fourth legislative period . Already in the past few days the coalition leaders have expressed themselves clearly: From now on deeds are to follow. Because there is a lot to catch up after half a year has passed without major implementation.
The new GroKo promises more closeness to the citizen and according to CSU boss Horst Seehofer a “coalition agreement for the little people”. In addition to topics such as sustainability and mobility, digitization and care, families, retirees and employees are the focus of the new government. Which projects will benefit citizens already this year?
Plus for employees: Easier back from part to full time
So far, it has often been a difficult process for employees to switch from their part-time job back to full-time job. Even the last coalition agreement contained the improvement of the right to return from part-time full-time employment. However, the project repeatedly failed due to objections of the Union.
What has remained so far, wants SPD parliamentary leader Andrea Nahles no longer put off. The right of return applies to companies with a size of 45 or more employees . In the future, for example, mothers who want to get back into work as part-time workers after a longer period of time are not supposed to be bound by their hands. Nahles plans to implement it by summer .
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Families will soon benefit from the Baukindergeld
Families who want to fulfill their dream of having their own home will be financially relieved from this year. For example, Union fraction leader Volker Kauder wants to finalize the plans for the Baukindergeld until the summer break . This could make families look forward to more money for mortgage lending starting in September. For a period of ten years, households with annual incomes of up to € 75,000 receive a subsidy of € 1,200 per child per year .
More financial relief for workers
Another goal of the new grand coalition is to relieve workers . Despite the fact that the coalition agreement has not yet specified a specific date, there is talk of reducing the contribution rate for unemployment insurance as early as 1 July 2018. He should then fall by 0.3 percentage points from 3.0 to 2.7 percent . According to the CDU, the adjustment also relieves low-income workers who, for example, are not benefiting from the planned cancellation of the solidarity surcharge.
In addition, the SPD is paying the utmost attention to aligning the contributions to the statutory health insurance . Employees and employers should in future share the same amounts here. While this means more expenses for employers in the future, this will save workers some money.
What is on the GroKo agenda for the coming years?
The coming years will also bring a number of changes. In addition to the reform for the financing of health insurance, which is set to begin immediately at the start of next year, the GroKo also promises innovations in other areas, for example in nursing. To improve the nursing emergency, 8,000 additional specialists are to be recruited.
Families can also look forward to an increase in child benefit by a total of 25 euros . From 2019, there will be ten euros more per child per month in the account. From 2021 then follow another 15 euros per month. That should relieve parents a bit further. Kitas will also be funded more financially in the future.
The new coalition agreement also promises more digitization. The Internet in the cities, but especially in rural areas should therefore be significantly improved. In order to make life in cities even more attractive, the rental price brake will increasingly be scrutinized and tested for effectiveness . Also the environmental aspect is not ignored. This creates a strategy for affordable and sustainable mobility . For example, electric vehicles should be supported more strongly .
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