Since July 2009, the standard benefit for securing livelihoods has been exactly 359 Euro plus 5 Euro. A 2011 amendment that complicates the calculation: the standard rate, from which the demand for minor partners and children is calculated, continues to be 359 Euro. The full standard rate (100 percent plus 5 Euro) is paid to working people in need of help if they are single, single parents or with a minor partner in a community of needs.
If the applicant lives together with an adult partner, 90 percent of the standard benefit (328 Euro) is still due to him. If the partner is also entitled to ALG II, he is also entitled to 90 percent of the standard rate. A minor partner would be entitled to 80 percent of the standard rate (287 Euro) just like children from 14 to 24 years of age. Adults under 25 years of age who move without the consent of the local authority will receive 281 Euro per month.
For children up to the age of 6, the percentage of the standard rate is 60 percent, currently 215 Euro. As part of the economic stimulus package II, the percentage rate for children aged 6 to 13 was raised to 70 percent of the full standard rate (251 Euro) in July 2009.
In addition, under certain conditions, additional requirements can be paid on the respective standard rate. For a pregnancy from the 13th week onwards, the additional requirement is 17 percent, for a handicap, it is 35 percent of the standard rate.
Single parents are also entitled to additional needs. This depends on the number and age of the children. If the single parent has a child under seven years of age or two to three children under 16, then they need 36 percent more. Otherwise, it is attributed an additional need of twelve percent per child, however, a maximum of 60 percent.
If, for medical reasons, a person is dependent on a costly diet, e. g. diabetes or increased blood fat, he/she is also entitled to higher performance. According to the law, the costs of nutrition are covered in an appropriate amount.
The temporary supplement for former recipients of unemployment benefits has been abolished.
The education package, which will take effect retroactively from 1 January 2011, includes a number of elements designed to provide better conditions for children and young people from low-income homes in public life. These include
- A subsidy for lunch,
- A subsidy for pupils who do not reach the learning goal or whose transfer is at risk,
- A subsidy for the costs of music lessons or sports clubs,
- Financial support for school supplies,
- Payment of the costs for day trips to school or after-school and
- Travel costs to the nearest school.