(Work and family; 01-02; p.5)
The CDU wants to increase tax allowances on the
one hand, but also to establish tax-free and income-independent
subsidies, called "family money". Parents thereby shall
have between 600 Euro for young children and 150 Euro for grown-ups
at their monthly disposal.
The GRÜNE are in favour of tax allowances and taking over costs
by the state. In addition, a basic child subsidy shall be established
for children endangered by poverty. Monthly disposable incomes
shall rise by this up to 100 Euro and if needed, a subsidy shall
The FDP likes to establish a citizen based tax allowance of 625
Euro a month, thus giving children a tax allowance, too. Child
benefit shall be accommodated to a similar level.
The PDS wants to give tax allowances, but also to establish a
subsidy for children which is age-graded. Children endangered
by poverty shall become 420 Euro a month, all others 210 Euro.
All parties want to increase supply of child care while also guaranteeing
the quality of the offered services. In this regard, the SPD explicitly
wants to avoid "working-poor"-phenomena; the FDP suggests
to establish vouchers for child care, so that parents may choose
the services that they prefer.
All parties as well want to improve the possibilities to co-ordinate
work and family life. The SPD and the CDU want that to be considered
in negotiations on working hours and conditions, the GRÜNE by
increasing child care services. The FDP wants to drop juridical
limits of working hours and conditions, the PDS to invoke times
of child upbringing into the debate about working hours.
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