Summary: There is discussion in Germany about the future threat of widespread poverty among the elderly. Some argue that the social pension system will not be able to provide sufficiently for low-wage workers. At the same time, applying for welfare payments is seen as unfair in light of the lifetime achievements of the elderly. There are two basic approaches to deal with these concerns: adjusting the rules for welfare payments or changing the social pension system. Present proposals prove to be inadequate. Proposals to reform the social pension system in particular are inconsistent with basic principles. I present a proposal that will provide the right incentive while respecting the fundamental structure of the system. All other income arising from retirement provisions should be only partially credited against the welfare claim.
Die Regierungskoalition hat Anfang November Eckpunkte eines Konzepts zur Lebensleistungsrente vorgelegt. Bereits zuvor wurden verschiedene Vorschläge zur Sicherung der Rente für Geringverdiener diskutiert. Der Autor sieht diese Ansätze generell kritisch. Er ist der Auffassung, dass die Problematik nicht innerhalb des Sozialversicherungssystems gelöst werden sollte, sondern im Rahmen der aus dem öffentlichen Haushalt finanzierten Grundsicherung.
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