German unemployment benefit too low to cover power costs
Unemployment benefits in Germany are insufficient to cover average power costs, price comparison website Check 24 says in a press release. People receiving Germany's “HartzIV” benefits pay on average 158 euros more for electricity than budgeted for in their annual payment. The gap varies between Germany’s federal states - as do electricity costs - with claimants in the north-eastern state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern nearly 240 euros out of pocket, Check 24 adds.
Read the press release in German here.
See the CLEW factsheet What German households pay for power and the CLEW article Welfare groups urge power cost relief for German poor for more information.