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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for one-off benefits


If you have little or no income or assets, you can apply for one-off benefits in special situations. It does not matter whether you have received money from the job center or not. Situations in which you may be entitled to one-off benefits include if:

  • You are expecting a child and therefore need new equipment and clothing.
  • You need furniture or household appliances for the first time or need to buy a new one after a divorce.
  • You need orthopedic shoes or need to have them repaired.
  • You need to have therapeutic equipment or equipment repaired.

In these and other cases, you can apply for either cash or non-cash benefits (vouchers) from the job centre.

Please contact your regional job centre before submitting an application. In many cases, the job center uses its own application form, sometimes an informal application with a justification is sufficient. The amount of one-off benefits may vary from region to region.

For one-off benefits, please contact your local job centre by telephone, e-mail or in person. There you will receive further information and an application form, if you need one. Alternatively, you can also apply for benefits online.

  • Fill out the application form or write a reasoned informal application, depending on the specifications of your responsible job centre.
  • Send the application to the job centre. In it, you must prove your needs. Attach the necessary documents requested by the job center, which prove the need and are needed for the examination.
  • The job centre will review your application. Proof from third parties (for example, your landlord) may be required to check whether you need one-time services. Ultimately, the authority makes a case-by-case decision. You will then receive a notification from the job centre. There are three possible choices:
    • the application is approved
    • the application is partially approved
    • the application is rejected.
  • The job centre will pay you the approved amount or send you the benefit in kind (voucher).

Please contact the responsible job centre.

If you are employable and are unlikely to be able to cover your living expenses financially at the moment and in the next 6 months, you can apply for one-off benefits in cash or in kind (voucher). The one-time service must also be necessary. The benefit is then to be used exclusively for what is applied for, i.e. for

  • the initial furnishing of your apartment,
  • the initial equipment for clothing and initial equipment during pregnancy and childbirth,
  • the purchase and repair of orthopaedic shoes,
  • the repair of therapeutic devices and equipment, as well as the rental of therapeutic equipment.
  • Identity card or passport
  • Proof of income
  • if necessary:
    • Proof of assets
    • Rental agreement, proof of payment of rent or encumbrances
    • Maternity record or certificate from the doctor about the date of delivery
    • Prescription
    • Quotes

Please ask the job centre responsible for you which documents you need to submit for your case.

You do not have to bear any costs if you have an account. If you do not have an account, you will receive a payment instruction for a cash payment (ZzV-Bar). That's a check. However, this will incur costs that will be deducted directly from the service to which you are entitled. Since the amount of the costs for the payment order may vary, please inform yourself about this at your local job center. The cheque can be paid out in cash. Payment is made exclusively via Postbank branches. The ZzV-Bar is a means of payment of Postbank AG, the use of which has been separately agreed between the Federal Employment Agency and Postbank.

Make the application before you make the purchases, as one-off services are only provided if the need is not yet covered.

It may take several weeks to process your application.

Forms available: Depending on the job center
Written form required: No
Informal application possible: Yes
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: Yes

You will receive a possibly required form from the local job centre.

The one-off benefits pursuant to § 24 paragraph 3 sentence 1 numbers 1 and 2 SGB II are provided under the responsibility of the municipal authorities. The amount of benefits may therefore vary from region to region.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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