The SPD politician also called for further relief depending on the development of inflation, the Ukraine war and the energy crisis. "In order to cushion the worst of it, especially for people on low incomes, we must be prepared to do more if the crises progress," said the President of the Bundestag.
The traffic light coalition has already decided on several relief packages because of the energy crisis and high inflation. Last weekend, the SPD, Greens and FDP agreed on a third relief package worth 65 billion euros. Among other things, it provides for direct payments for pensioners and students, a heating subsidy for housing benefit recipients and an increase in child benefit. An electricity price brake is also planned.