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Hartz IV is history: Bürgergeld passes through German parliament

German parliament passes Bürgergeld unemployment benefit reform which will include
A fundamental change in the system will see claimants receive 50 euros more per month during their unemployment period. The amount that unemployment recipients receive is not standard, but rather will be calculated based on the number of hours they worked in their previous job and how much they were paid.

A major change is the scrapping of the so-called "placement priority" for recipients to re-enter work regardless of the temporary or long-term nature of the new job. Come March 1, 2023 an emphasis will be placed on finding new, long-term employment contracts for those who are unemployed. Recipients will also be eligible for further financial support if they would like to attend courses in further education to increase their chances of finding long-term employment.