Assistance for the continuation of the budget Appropriation

Assistance for the continuation of the budget shall be provided where a budget is at risk in its continuation.

The content of the services includes personal support and the performance of necessary domestic activities. Personal care is particularly necessary for children to be cared for. Ultimately, this includes everything that a person who has now been prevented from playing with the children and supervising school work - for example, through illness, imprisonment, recovery measures or even death - has done.

Aid for the continuation of the budget is a secondary aid. It is only granted insofar as non-priority assistance, such as assistance for care under Chapter 7 SGB XII, assistance for education in accordance with Section 27 sGB VIII or health insurance benefits are considered. Health insurance companies, for example, may pay for household assistance if a child under the age of 12 or a disabled child who needs help lives in the household. Only if the benefits of the health insurance fund do not help or are not provided, can the benefits of social assistance begin.

As a rule, aid for the continuation of the budget is to be granted only temporarily. An end to the emergency must be foreseeable. In the event of the death of the person in charge of the household, this may be the case if the family has to make its own decisions about the future of life during a transitional period of assistance to keep the budget. After the end of the transitional period, (permanent) educational assistance under Section 27 et seq. s. SGB VIII or possible care assistance may be considered for children to be cared for.

The necessary evidence is largely the same as that necessary for the decision to grant aid under SGB XII (including support for living). In practice, therefore, a fully completed and signed social assistance application with explanations on the special conditions of benefit and the financial situation must be submitted on a regular basis, already because of the means-testing and subordinated ness check.


  • There is a budget and neither the previous budgetary leader (e.g. in the event of serious illness or deprivation of liberty) nor any other household member can manage the budget.
  • The continuation of the budget is necessary and useful (e.g. for families with minor children).
  • There is neediness (e.g. income limit according to Section 85 SGB XII, no assets to be used in accordance with Section 90 SGB XII) and
  • The aid is only temporary. Exception: If the assistance avoids or delays accommodation in a home or similar facility, it may be granted for a longer, indefinite period.

Related Links

  • Section 70 Social Code (SGB) Twelfth Book (XII)

Ideally, an informal notification of the need for assistance is first made to the competent authority.

A fully completed social assistance application can be submitted in a timely manner.

Since the competent authority can only provide assistance from the moment it learns of the need for assistance from the applicant,the need for assistance should be reported as soon as possible. This notification can be made in writing, by telephone, in person or by a notice to the Municipal Social Service (KSD).

After the application has been examined and further comments have been sought if necessary, the applicant shall receive a final decision from the competent authority.

Once the application has been approved, the persons now responsible for the budget may have their expenses reimbursed. In the event of a longer deployment, contributions may also be taken over for adequate retirement provision. If persons from the household community or related persons are not available, professional forces can also support. Alternatively, household members can also be temporarily housed in a hospital.

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

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