Potsdam (dpa / bb) - People with little money in Brandenburg will not get free, better protective masks from the state.

The majority of the state parliament voted on Thursday against such a demand by the opposition left-wing faction, which also demands a monthly flat rate of 100 euros during the corona pandemic for recipients of unemployment benefit II.

"The Hartz IV rates were not enough to live on before the crisis and have not done it for a long time," said left parliamentary group leader Sebastian Walter.

“It costs a lot of money to protect yourself from the virus.

That just means that poor people are particularly at risk. "

Economics Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD) referred to the announcement by the federal government that Hartz IV recipients should each receive ten free FFP2 masks and that the job centers for children in poor families will soon pay for laptops for teaching at home.

Federal Social Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) and Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) announced this on Thursday.


The Hartz IV standard rate for single people has been 446 euros since January 1.

Couples receive 401 euros per partner.

Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) wants to defuse the rules for the long-term unemployed with a law.

The recipients of the basic security should in future no longer face exceptional hardship through sanctions in the event of breaches of duty.

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Application left parliamentary group Brandenburg for people with Hartz IV reference