The exemption from contributions would save parents an average of up to 160 euros a month and 1,900 euros a year, according to the motion for the party meeting. The goal in the medium term is tuition-free education from kindergarten to university.
The exemption from contributions should guarantee that mothers in particular can return to work more quickly. The small party conference will also see the first public appearance of gertrud steinbruck, wife of SPD chancellor candidate peerc steinbruck. The grammar school teacher and the ex-finance minister talk to host bettina bottinger about reconciling family and career.
The freedom from kita contributions had already been generally decided in the election program. In the motion, the SPD emphasizes: "we want to invest in the expansion, operation and quality of daycare centers and schools, especially in all-day facilities.
"Instead of spending billions on a "pointless care allowance", investments in education should be significantly increased in order to finally catch up with international standards.
A restructuring of child benefits is also intended to prevent low- and middle-income families from slipping down to the level of hartz IV. Families with an income of up to 3,000 euros can receive up to 324 euros per month with the current child benefit of 184 euros and a child supplement of 140 euros. "One quarter of all children will benefit from this reform", says the motion.
The SPD’s election platform provides for up to 20 billion euros to be made available in stages for education, with 10 billion to come from the federal government. This is to be financed, among other things, with a top tax rate of 49 percent from a taxable income of 100,000 euros. The motion emphasizes that the benefits are solidly counter-financed. The additional revenues and reduced expenditures in the SPD’s financing concept would already amount to 35 billion euros without the current increase in tax revenues.
The union is the only party in the bundestag that has not yet presented a draft election program and only wants to discuss and approve it in the inner circle of its leadership rather than at a party conference. Chancellor angela merkel (CDU) has announced that, if she wins the election, she will spend many billions on higher maternity pensions and child allowances – estimates put the cost at up to 28 billion euros. In addition, she wants to impose stricter price limits on new rentals, even though the CDU/CSU and FDP had just rejected this in their decision to introduce a law to change rental laws.
Federal finance minister wolfgang schauble (cdu) sees the planned aid payments to flood victims as a threat to the affordability of his party’s election promises. "If our financial leeway is reduced by the flood, then it will become smaller," he told the "frankfurter allgemeine sonntagszeitung" newspaper. Schauble also rejected reports that merkel’s announcements amount to additional spending of 28.5 billion euros. "This is not a serious figure."
Fdp faction leader rainer bruderle defended criticism from his party of the billion-euro election pledges. "Before elections, it is only natural that the parties highlight their respective identities and programs. We had four good years in government with the union and are striving for four more good years for germany," he told the "neue westfalische" in bielefeld (saturday). "But the FDP wants to achieve black zero in the budget and then start paying back the debt. That’s the crucial thing for us," he said in response to the objection that merkel had signaled displeasure at the FDP’s criticism.
Spd parliamentary party leader frank-walter steinmeier said the chancellor’s election promises had a short shelf life. "In the election campaign, promises are made; in everyday politics, they are broken," he told the "tagesspiegel am sonntag" newspaper. Merkel’s announcement that she wanted a rent cap on new rentals didn’t last two weeks.