Read on to learn about the individual components of cash benefits.
The normal requirement covers the costs required to secure your livelihood. The normal requirement is an average value, meaning it’s calculated on the basis of how much money a person needs to live on average. The normal requirement is governed by the second book of the German Social Code (SGB II).
The normal requirement covers costs for:
You will receive a flat-rate amount each month for the normal requirement. You are free to use the amount as you see fit. In addition to costs incurred for food on a regular basis, less frequent expenses such as clothing or electrical devices are also to be paid for using the normal requirement. Those who receive normal requirement are advised to save a certain amount each month in case a household good needs to be replaced or repaired, for example.
The normal requirement is split into various eligibility categories. The amount of normal requirement granted is governed by your age or family situation, among other aspects.
Monthly normal requirement since 1 January 2023
|Single people, single parents, people of legal age with minor partner||502 Euro|
|(Married) partners of legal age in the benefits community||451 Euro|
|People of legal age but under the age of 25 without their own household||402 Euro|
|Young people between 14 and 17 years old and a minor partner||420 Euro|
|Children from 6 to 13 years old||348 Euro|
|Children from 0 to 5 years old||318 Euro|
Jobcenter team.arbeit.hamburg may cover your housing costs (rent, bills incl. water and heating) if they are deemed reasonable. In this scenario, reasonable means that your place of residence is not too big or expensive. The costs for rental accommodation and owner-occupied property can be taken into account.
Accommodation costs include:
The definition of bills does not include costs for the phone connection or for a garage/parking space. Household energy (e.g. power for electrical devices and light) is not taken into account as an extra cost but needs to be paid for independently from the normal requirement.
Mortgage instalments for property will not be covered by Jobcenter team.arbeit.hamburg.
In Hamburg, the gross basic rent is used as a benchmark to determine the reasonability of rent. This consists of the basic rent (net basic rent) and the net bills (see above).
The reasonable limit for rent in Hamburg is based on the number of people living in a household and the actual costs incurred for rent (gross basic rent without heating costs).
|Household size||reasonable limit (as of: January 2022)|
|1 person||Euro 543|
|2 people||Euro 659.40|
|3 people||Euro 780|
|4 people||Euro 938.15|
|5 people||Euro 1,272.60|
|6 people||Euro 1,443.60|
|Every additional person||Euro 180.45|
(Source: the social security office)
In particular circumstances or certain districts, the reasonable limits may be higher. We’d be happy to help if you have any questions.
If your outgoings for accommodation costs are unreasonably high, these costs may need to be reduced for people entitled to benefits upon request by Jobcenter team.arbeit.hamburg. This means you may need to move. Jobcenter team.arbeit.hamburg checks whether it would be feasible for your to reduce the costs within a specified period. Your personal circumstances may be taken into consideration.
All recipients of citizen´s benefit are covered by health and long-term care insurance.
Contributions for health and long-term care insurance are covered for people entitled to citizen´s benefit, provided they are not
Please submit confirmation of health insurance from your health insurance provider along with your application for benefits.
In this case, you can remain privately insured during the period for which you receive benefits. Recipients of the basic security benefit will be granted subsidy payments for private and long-term care insurance contributions. Information on the basic tariff is required to calculate the subsidy. If you are in need of assistance as per SGB II, the basic tariff contribution is halved by law. This is then paid by the Jobcenter.
Jobcenter team.arbeit.hamburg will notify the pension insurance provider of the period for which you receive citizen´s benefit. At the end of this period or the end of the year, you will be informed of the notified periods in writing.
In certain situations, the normal requirement does not suffice. Accordingly, you may be entitled to additional assistance. Additional assistance covers costs that arise due to your particular circumstance and are not covered by the normal requirement.
People entitled to additional assistance are:
How is the additional assistance calculated?
The amount of additional assistance provided is governed by your personal normal requirement:
|Children and age||Percent|
|One child under the age of 7||36 percent|
|One child over the age of 7||12 percent|
|Two children under the age of 16||36 percent|
|Two children over the age of 16||24 percent|
|Four children||48 percent|
|Five children or more||60 percent|
You are required to provide supporting documents to verify your claim to the additional assistance mentioned above. You do not need to submit an application.
One-off assistance constitutes cash or non-cash benefits (in the form of vouchers) that you can receive one-time only.
In order to receive one-off assistance, you will need to informally submit a corresponding application.
You can also apply for and receive these benefits if you are not a recipient of citizen´s benefit. In order to receive one-off assistance, you must be able to prove that you do not have sufficient income or assets to cover these special requirements.
The educational requirements and need to participate in social and cultural life are accounted for separately for children, adolescents and young adults in the education package. The costs for excursions or school tips, lunch at day care or school, or learning support will, for example, be covered.
Who is entitled to receive benefits?
Students who are under the age of 25, attend a general or vocational school and do not receive apprenticeship pay are entitled to receive benefits as part of the Hamburg education package.
The benefits cover:
If you are entitled to social security benefits, you children will receive a membership card for Hamburg public libraries free of charge.
Visit the city of Hamburg website to receive more information on the individual benefits granted in the education package and on how to apply.
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