Significant increase in pensions
According to data provided by the Federal Statistical Office and the German pension authority (Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund), this increase will raise the pension value in western Germany from 34.19 to 36.02 euros and in the eastern states from 33.47 to 35.52 euros.
"This is good news for those people whose labour has been keeping things running for years," Heil said.
"Catch-up factor" already costed in
The adjustment takes account of the reinstatement of the so-called catch-up factor, thereby implementing one of the important provisions of the coalition agreement: reinstating the catch-up factor will ensure that the pension reduction that was not applied in the previous year is offset against the pension increase, so that the pension adjustment follows actual wage developments.
The catch-up factor is one component of the so-called safeguard clause included in the pension adjustment formula, and works in conjunction with the state pension guarantee, under which pension cuts are prohibited by law. It ensures that prior to the annual pension adjustment, consideration is first given to whether pension cuts that were actually necessary in the past but not implemented are to be included retrospectively, as, in principle, pensions track wages. The decision was taken in 2018 to suspend the catch-up factor up to and including 2025, but the new Federal Government committed itself to reactivating the catch-up factor.
Pension insurance in good shape following the crisis
According to Heil, it is important to see that "our pension system works", particularly in view of the current challenges such as rising prices and the international crisis situation. Pension rates, he went on to say, should not be decoupled from wage trends.
The Federal Government will shortly be introducing a bill to this effect, which will also make provision for improvements for the recipients of occupational pensions.