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:

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.

Entitled to claimRegulatory power
  • living alone
  • single parent
  • under-aged with a minor parner
  • people with disabilities
409 €
  • long-term parners
368 €
  • Adolescents up to the age of 25 (18-24 years)
  • People under the age of 25 who move out without a guarantee from the local authority (15-24 years)
327 €
  • children or adolescents under the age of 15 (14 years) until the age of 18
  • minor parents (14 – 17 years)
311 €
  • children between 7 and 14 years old (6 –13 years)
291 €
  • children up to 6 years old (0 – 5 years)
237 €

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.