According to a study by the Bertelsmann Foundation, more than every fifth child in Germany lives longer than five Years in poor conditions. For a further 10 percent of children in the Federal Republic, poverty is at least an interim phenomenon.
“Child poverty is a permanent condition in Germany. Anyone who is poor remains poor for a long time. Too few families can free themselves from poverty, »says board member Jörg Dräger of the results of the study, which will be published today and was previously available to the dpa.
Children living in a household that can have less than 60 percent of the average household net income or who receive basic security from the state are considered at risk of poverty. It is known how many children live in poor conditions. What is new, however: for the study, the researchers examined for the first time over the period from 2011 to 2015 how impenetrable the social milieus are.
According to the Bertelsmann Foundation, poverty means giving up children. Basic care is therefore generally guaranteed, but those affected are decoupled from social life. To make this measurable, the scientists ask which 23 goods and aspects are missing in the families for financial reasons. This includes going to the cinema, inviting friends, computers with internet access or an apartment that is too big.
According to the study, children in persistent poverty state that on average they lack 7.3 of the goods inquired about. Children with intermediate poverty experience state that they have to do without 3.4 things on average. For financial reasons, children who live permanently in secure circumstances are only missing an average of 1.3 of the 23 goods surveyed.
«Future social policy must break through the inheritance of poverty. Children cannot free themselves from poverty – they are therefore entitled to a livelihood that is fair to them Opportunities and enables good growth, »says Dräger. Therefore, politics should not treat children like small adults, but should re-bundle the previous family policy benefits and help unbureaucratically.
According to a report by the Saarbrücker Zeitung, the risk of poverty for single parents has increased noticeably in recent years. In 2016, 43.6 percent of this population had a correspondingly low income. In 2005 the share was 39.3 percent. The paper relies on current data from the Federal Government for its information, the the Left group’s social expert, Sabine Zimmermann. Accordingly, significantly more than every third single-parent household with minor children depended on basic security for job seekers (Hartz IV). The share was 36.9 percent. In absolute numbers that was 606,000 – just under 42,000 more than in 2005.
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