A person who is not able to earn a living in a social community and who is eligible to receive benefits is entitled to social security benefits as a means of securing the livelihood insofar as he or she is not entitled to benefits under the Chapter IV of the Twelfth Book of the Social Code. Beneficiaries of pensions can also receive a social allowance on account of a partial reduction in earning capacity or a full reduction in working time. Members of a community of need who permanently receive a pension for full employment reduction or have reached the relevant age limit of between 65 and 67 years are not entitled to social security benefits.
The social allowance includes:
- Regular Requirement according to § 20 SGB II
- Additional Requirements according to § 21 SGB II
- Services for accomodation and heating according to § 22 SGB II
- Special requirements (loans) according to § 24 SGB II
Beneficiaries receive the same benefits as eligible beneficiaries of the Arbeitslosengeld II. The amount of the social welfare allowance is shown in the following table.
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The benefits for supplementary benefits correspond largely to the Arbeitslosengeld II.
Non-viable disabled persons with a “G” identification card can receive an additional benefit of 17 percent of the regular benefit if they are not entitled to any other supplementary needs because of disability. This does not apply to children up to 15 years of age.
Health insurance for social welfare
There is no obligation to insure social insurance in the statutory health, nursing or pension insurance.
However, recipients can apply for a contribution to health insurance and long-term care insurance, insofar as they can not afford them themselves because of their needs. The responsible health insurance company decides whether the conditions for entitlement to the claim are met. If it is not ensured that the subsidy is used, the payment can also be made directly to the health insurance company or the insurance company.
The grant is not granted retroactively. As a result, social money recipients should approach the health insurance fund as soon as possible on the grant and, if necessary, submit the application for contribution subsidy.