The proportion of fathers in parental allowance is increasing

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Fathers' share of parental allowance increases

More and more fathers are taking time out and claiming parental allowance for their newborn child. This was announced on Thursday by the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden.

The number of fathers receiving parental allowance increased slightly in 2009 compared to the same period in 2008. As the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden explained, in 2009 almost every fourth father (23.6 percent) received income-related parental allowance. Last year, a good 21 percent of men received parental allowance. About 157,000 of the 665,000 new fathers took a break from work with the help of parental allowance. 96 percent of mothers received parental allowance. During the reporting period, Hartz IV recipients were also able to apply for parental benefit. Since the reforms at the beginning of the year, unemployed parents are no longer allowed to apply for a separate parental allowance.

Most fathers in Saxony received parental allowance
In the state of Saxony, fathers with a share of 30.7 percent compared to the national average most frequently applied for parental allowance. The male share was equally high in Bavaria (30.2 percent) and Berlin (29.6 percent). In contrast, the application volume in Saarland was very low with a father share of 14 percent. There was no change in the duration of the withdrawal. Three out of four fathers received benefits for a maximum of two months. Nine out of ten mothers received parental allowance for twelve months. Here, too, there was no change from the previous year 2008.

Parental allowance no social benefit
Parental allowance as such is not a social benefit but a support allowance that is based on the average gross income of the beneficiary. According to statistical surveys, fathers who work are paid EUR 1171.00 in the first month of receipt. The men received about a third more money than the women. While parental allowance for fathers rose by 40 euros in the first reference month, entitlement for women increased by about 17 euros. Since 2011 only employed persons have been allowed to apply for parental benefit. Parental allowance is a maximum of 1,800 euros, at least 300 euros per month. With a net income of more than 1200 euros, the parental allowance is reduced in stages from 67 to 65 percent. (sb)

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