Social Security Office. Housing benefit reform also reaches Schwerte

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The Social Security Office of the Stadtpark Municipality is currently working full speed ahead on the implementation of the new housing benefit reforms. © Reinhard Schmitz

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The new housing benefit reform has also reached Swords Municipality. According to the data of the municipality, the social security office received much more applications than before.

The reform on January 1, 2023 enables around two million households across the country to claim housing benefit. It is more than three times more than in 2022.

Social welfare asks for patience

“This reform places an additional burden on the federal states and municipalities in the housing benefit authorities,” explained the Federal Minister of Housing, Urban Development and Construction, Clara Geivitz. However, housing benefit is considered a targeted tool to relieve households with low income and high housing costs and thus effectively contributes to reducing housing costs.

The Basic Security and Housing Benefit Division of the Schwerte Social Security Office asks for patience due to the high volume of applications; “We process applications as quickly as possible,” says office manager Christiane Klanke. In order to implement the new regulations as quickly as possible, the staff has been expanded by one person.

“However, there will be longer waiting times also because the software that the state has to make available to the municipalities is not yet fully programmed,” explains Christiane Klanke. Therefore, application questions should be avoided whenever possible.

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