Berlin In the middle of the corona crisis, a new dispute over the basic pension broke out in the coalition. Leading SPD politicians rejected calls from the Union on Friday to rethink funding and the timing of the basic pension in the face of the pandemic.
“Questioning the basic pension at Easter and in times of Corona is evidence of a lack of political responsibility,” said SPD parliamentary group leader Katja Mast of the German Press Agency in Berlin. “Whoever applauds everyday heroes shouldn’t forget them even after the crisis.”
The head of the labor and social work group of the Union faction, Peter Weiß (CDU), told the magazine “Focus” that the financing of the basic pension in the form previously planned could not be realized. “We have amassed a huge mountain of debt to deal with the corona crisis. Therefore, we have to sit down in the coalition after the pandemic and take a closer look at the financing, ”he said.
The schedule for the entry into force of the basic pension must also be reconsidered. Union faction vice Carsten Linnemann (CDU) had already asked in March to put the project on hold.
Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD), on the other hand, insisted on the implementation of the plans for the basic pension and partial abolition of the solidarity surcharge for 90 percent of taxpayers, despite the corona crisis. He told “Focus” about the abolition of solos: “We are relieving the citizens of what is important for stimulating the economy after the crisis. In the end, this also applies to the basic pension. ”The state should be reliable and the improvements decided now should not be reversed.
Mast demanded that elderly care assistants and many cashiers who often earned little would need better wages and a basic pension. “So misusing the corona crisis now to question the basic pension again is shabby.”
The Federal Government has decided to introduce the basic pension on January 1, 2021 and to cancel the solidarity surcharge for 90 percent of taxpayers. The pensions of around 1.3 million people with small earnings are to be improved. Long-term low earners who have at least 33 years of contribution periods for employment, education or care should be able to receive the basic pension. In the starting year, it should cost 1.4 billion euros.
The government passed the basic pension bill in February. For the plans to become law, the Bundestag and Bundesrat still have to agree. In February, doubts arose due to the administrative burden as to whether implementation by the pension insurance scheme could be achieved at the beginning of 2021.
More: Employers are exerting pressure to change the basic pension in parliamentary proceedings. The benefit should only apply to new retirees.