April 29, 2024

Germany to hike pensions nationwide by 4.57%

Germany to hike pensions nationwide by 4.57%

By Victor AhiumaYoung

The more than 21 million pensioners in Germany would receive a substantial 4.57 percent pension increase beginning on July 1, after the German Cabinet approved the adjustment in Berlin.

With this increase, pensions are set to rise faster than inflation in the country.

The last time pensions rose faster than inflation was in 2000.

The increase is larger than originally predicted, which the Labour Minister Hubertus Heil, credited to strong wage growth in Germany.

In the autumn, estimates had predicted an increase of only 3.5 per cent.

In the past two years, the pension increase had lagged behind inflation.

But inflation in Germany has slowed, and in March, government figures showed consumer prices 2.2 per cent higher than in the same month last year.

The pension increase would apply equally to the entire country for the very first time.

Historically, pensions in the former East Germany had lagged behind those in the former West.

Last year, a larger increase in the former communist East Germany equalised pensions across the country even earlier than originally planned.

That was due to faster wage growth in the former East.

Last year’s pension hike was 4.39 per cent in the former West Germany and 5.86 per cent in the former East Germany.

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