In order to determine the need, a "basic child security check" will be introduced, announced Paus. Families whose income falls below a certain limit should be specifically addressed through the tax authorities. The application for the benefit should then be processed "conveniently online" via a portal, said the minister. "We don't want families to have to run after money," said Paus. According to her, the benefits include a guaranteed amount regardless of the parents' income and an income-related additional amount.
Paus initially did not want to comment on the amount of the social benefit, but indicated targeted help for low-income families. "We have to make sure that low-income families get more money for their children," said the minister. Well-off families, on the other hand, do not need higher benefits.
Paus rejected doubts about the feasibility of basic child security in view of the billions spent on relief packages and energy price brakes. The traffic light parties had committed themselves to this "important socio-political project" in the coalition agreement, she said. The Chancellor is "fully behind it".