Around 2.05 million pensioners get the energy price lump sum twice. This is reported by the “Welt am Sonntag” and refers to the Ministry of Social Affairs. According to this, pensioners have a double claim – as pension recipients and as employees. The double payment costs around 640 million euros.
According to a media report, more than two million pensioners will receive the energy price lump sum of 300 euros twice. “Around 2.05 million pensioners are entitled to the energy price flat rate as employees and as pension recipients,” the “Welt am Sonntag” quoted the Ministry of Social Affairs as saying. The two services should be considered separately. Pensioners could be “eligible in both groups of people”. The website of the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs states: “The payments are not mutually exclusive.”
The double payment of the energy price flat rate for more than two million pensioners costs around 640 million euros, according to the “Welt am Sonntag”. The deputy leader of the Union faction, Hermann Gröhe, also shared his anger at the “poorly made” law in an interview with “Welt am Sonntag”: “I cannot understand that the Federal Government and above all the Federal Minister of Labor accept with open eyes that the energy price flat rate will probably cost several million will lead to double payments by pensioners.”
The number is made up of 0.9 million pensioners who are in employment subject to social security contributions and 1.15 million who have a mini job. The report said that, according to the German pension insurance, there were 95,000 insured persons who only retire after the energy price flat rate for working people has been paid out in September and before December 1st, the cut-off date for the flat rate for pensioners.
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