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Benefits to secure subsistence are divided between SGB II and SGB XII.

Those capable of working and their dependents receive benefits under Book II of the Social Code. A person is fit for work if he or she is able to work at least 3 hours a day under the usual conditions of the general labour market.

Temporarily incapable of gainful employment receive benefits according to SGB XII. The determination of earning capacity is made by the pension insurance institution.

If the husband/wife or the partner receives benefits according to SGB II, there is no entitlement to benefits according to SGB XII. In this case, an application must be made to the Job Centre in accordance with SGB II.

Assistance for subsistence according to the SGB XII is granted if the necessary subsistence cannot be met or cannot be met sufficiently from one's own resources and means, in particular income and assets. Assistance towards living expenses is paid monthly in advance as a lump-sum benefit.

From 1 January 2022, the following standard needs levels will apply:

RBS 1: €449
RBS 2: €404
RBS 3: €360
RBS 4: €376
RBS 5: €311
RBS 6: €285

Single parents are entitled to an additional needs supplement, which is regulated in § 30 SGB XII.

If necessary, further additional needs can be granted, which must be applied for and justified in the individual case. Furthermore, the appropriate costs for accommodation and heating are paid, if there is a need.

  • Proof of loading,

    All load certificates, such as

    Rental agreement including proof of rental payments,

    Proof of any additional energy costs to be paid (electricity, water, gas)

    Proof of the respective health insurance, gffs. contribution invoice etc.,

  • Statement of assets,

    e.g. savings books, life insurance, car, etc.  

  • Bank details
  • valid identity card or passport (original, no copy)
  • Residence permit,

    In addition to the identity document, foreign nationals require the valid residence permit (with supplementary sheet if necessary)

  • proof of income and assets of the applicant,

    All proof of income and assets, e.g. pension statements, alimony, other social benefits, savings books, life insurance, car


  • no or insufficient temporary pension
  • habitual residence in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • §§ 27 ff Sozialgesetzbuch Zwölftes Buch (SGB XII)

The application may be made in writing, by telephone or even in person without observing any form. The necessary application documents must then be submitted in full and in a timely manner.

To apply for the SGB-XII benefits, the social office provides an application form. This is usually filled out by the clerk together with the applicant.

No benefits can be granted for days before the application is submitted.

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