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The housing benefit for significantly more beneficiaries can only be paid out with months of delays from the perspective of the municipalities. The main reason is the lack of personnel in the responsible authorities.

Der Bundesrat hat der Wohngeld-Reform zugestimmt. © Marijan Murat/dpa The Federal Council approved the housing benefit reform.

"Already today, the processing of a housing benefit application takes three to six months," said Gerd Landsberg, managing director of the German Association of Cities and Municipalities, the "Bild". "That will expand significantly." In addition to the conversion of the software to new parameters, a wave of new applications to the municipalities is also available. "We don't have the people to work them off quickly." The cities would have advertised the jobs, but could not occupy them.

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also North Rhine-Westphalia Minister Ina Scharrenbach (CDU) expects massive delays and problems with implementation. «From the beginning, the federal government had the goal of boxing the residential reform with all its might. She will get a blue eye herself, »Scharrenbach told the German Press Agency. There is no personnel for the processing of the applications, and new employees could only be trained from mid -December.

"We assume that housing allowance applications can only be approved by April 2023 and then retrospectively," said the NRW Minister. A rush to the housing benefit positions is already noticeable. Hardly any country has taken precautions for possible discount payments. They also brought double work for the administrations.

The Federal Council had approved the reform on Friday. According to this, next year, in addition to the 600,000 households so far, up to 1.4 million further entitlement to a state subsidy for rent could be given. Housing benefit can apply for households that do not receive social benefits, but still have little money.

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