According to the Minister of the Federal Government for Health, there is no poverty in Germany:
A somewhat older definition of poverty, but still true, can be found on the website of the Tagesschau:
Describing relative poverty in 1984, the EU said: “Those individuals, families and groups of people with such limited resources (material, cultural and social) are to be regarded as impoverished, as being excluded from the way of life that is Member State in which they live are acceptable as a minimum.”
The specific definition of relative poverty is also based on an arbitrary determination of a certain amount of money.
According to the Federal Statistical Office’s definition, for example, people are poor, with less than 50 percent of the average net income available. For example, a couple with two children under the age of 14 and a budget of less than 鈧?,560 net per month is considered poor. The federal government, on the other hand, lowers the threshold for poverty in its poverty report: by its definition, a person is poor when his income is below 60 percent of the average income. The so-called risk-of-poverty limit would therefore be EUR 938 for an individual.
The queues in front of the tables in Germany are getting longer and longer.In the meantime, there are also people in these queues, because of whose appearance one would not necessarily realize that they are poor. They are poor, because in order to be able to eat reasonably well, they must use the help of the panels.
In Schleswig-Holstein, rents are called that a poor person cannot afford.It is said that for a person who can prove a residence permit, a rent of five to seven euros per m2 is affordable. In order to provide affordable housing for these people, about 1600 new social housing units must be provided each year. In 2018 alone, 22,000 homes will be out of the subsidy because it is limited to 35 years.
People in Germany are poor when they can no longer afford housing.Year after year, more and more people are falling into homelessness.
People in Germany are poor if they can only get clothes in the social department store, if it is only functional but no longer necessarily beautiful.
People in Germany are poor if they cannot afford the travel costs for a more distant necessary permanent outpatient treatment and therefore cannot take advantage of this treatment.
So Mr Spahn is wrong to think that there is enough social aid in Germany to prevent people from falling into poverty.Every day, this happens more and more.