In Münster, roughly one family in five is a single parent family. Single parent families are therefore now as much a part of the social fabric as two parent families.
Their financial situation, however, is blighted by tax disadvantages, missed maintenance payments and part-time jobs which demand absolute flexibility, and consequently reliable, flexible childcare. Single income families on low incomes are often destined to end up on Hartz IV benefits.
Families receiving SGB II benefits do not benefit from increases in Kinderfreibetrag (child tax allowance) or Kindergeld (child benefit). Increases in Kinderfreibetrag benefit high income families only and are thus rarely of help to single parent families.
After an eleven year freeze, the Federal Government has decided to increase the tax-free allowance for people in tax class II. Fair taxation, however, remains a long way off. A more appropriate measure would be to amend tax class II by adding a second tax-free personal allowance, as a counterpart to the system of ‘Ehegattensplitting’, by which married couples are able to share their tax-free allowances.
For anyone bringing up a child, managing their household and providing for their family on their own, this brochure provides answers to a broad range of questions and lists further points of contact able to help with any other questions or concerns.
Many of the organisations listed here can also be found in the ‘Komm file’, a guide to the City of Münster for people with disabilities. It uses pictograms to indicate how accessible various facilities are to people with disabilities and what impediments they are likely to come up against. If an advice centre is indicated as not being accessible to people with disabilities, please enquire anyway, as it is often possible to arrange to consult with an adviser at an alternative location or via an alternative method.
We hope you enjoy perusing this website.
(AK Alleinerziehende spokesperson)