As can be seen from a formulation aid available to the dpa for the parliamentary groups of the SPD, Greens and FDP, there should be some tightening of the planned two-year waiting period for benefit recipients.

It is planned, for example, that the heating costs during this time should only be covered to an appropriate extent. The government’s original draft bill did not provide for a limit on reimbursement at this point. Among other things, the Union had sharply criticized this – which had also threatened to block the project in the Federal Council because of other criticisms.

“We reacted quickly to the demands of the Bundesrat and will make numerous changes in the Bundestag that also correspond to the wishes of the federal states,” said Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. “The reimbursement of heating costs, for example, is checked for adequacy so that there are no false incentives. And the job centers have more opportunities to take action against abuse of benefits.” The traffic light thus meets the demands of the Union.

The deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, Dagmar Schmidt, told the dpa: “We expect that the federal states will now live up to their responsibility for the people and for securing skilled workers in difficult times.” According to dpa information, the compromise proposal is to be approved by the parliamentary groups on Tuesday be officially decided. Next Thursday, the Bundestag wants to deal with the citizen allowance reform in the second and third reading.

According to previous plans, the citizen’s allowance is to replace the previous Hartz IV basic security on January 1st. The aim of the red-green-yellow federal government is to put those affected in a position to be able to concentrate more on further training and looking for work. They should be put under less pressure by the job center. The standard rates of basic security should also increase by around 50 euros per month.

The convicted star chef Alfons Schuhbeck appeals. According to his lawyers, he wanted to be able to understand the alleged tax evasion and the considerations regarding the sentencing. Schuhbeck was sentenced to three years and two months in prison for tax evasion.

A dangerous virus chimera was created in Boston with German help. The export of genetically modified organisms for research purposes urgently needs to be controlled.

Gas consumption by German companies has fallen drastically – on the one hand because production is being shut down. But Germany’s economy is also discovering clever ways of using less energy. The inventors are now being used in the corporations.

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