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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for one-off benefits


If you have no or only a small income of your own, 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, for example, if:

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

In these and other cases, you can apply for either a cash or in-kind contribution (vouchers) from the job center.

Contact your regionally responsible 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 can vary from region to region.

Relocation, pregnancy, childbirth: If you lack the money for certain situations in your life, you can apply for one-time benefits.

For one-off services, please first contact your responsible job center by phone, e-mail or in person on site. There you will receive further information and an application form, if you need one.

  • Fill out the application form or write a reasoned informal application, depending on the specifications of your responsible job center.
  • Send the application to the job center. In it you have to prove your need. Attach the necessary documents requested by the job center, which prove the need and are needed for the examination.
  • The job centre will examine 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 decisions:
    • the application is approved
    • the application is granted in part
    • the request is rejected.
  • The job center pays you the approved amount or sends you the benefit in kind (voucher).

If you are able to work and are unlikely to be able to cover your living expenses financially at the moment and also in the next 6 months, you can apply for one-off benefits as cash benefits or benefits in kind (voucher).

  • The one-time service must also be necessary.
  • The benefit is then to be used exclusively for the requested, i.e. for
    • the initial equipment of your apartment,
    • the initial equipment for clothing and initial equipment for pregnancy and childbirth,
    • the purchase and repair of orthopedic shoes, the repairs of therapeutic equipment and equipment, as well as the rental of therapeutic equipment.
  • Identity card or passport
  • Proof of income
  • if necessary:
    • Proof of assets
    • Rental contract, proof of rental payment or house charges
    • Mother's passport or certificate from the doctor about the delivery date
    • prescription
    • Quotes

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

There are no fees for the provision of services.

If you do not have an account, you will receive a money order for settlement. That's a check. However, this incurs costs that are deducted directly from the service due to you. Since the amount of the costs for the payment order may vary, please contact your responsible job center. You can have the cheque converted into cash at the issuing credit institution.

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

The processing of your application may take several weeks.

Forms: depending on the job center
Online procedure possible: no
Written form required: no, the application is also possible informally
Personal appearance necessary: no

You will receive any required form from the job center on site.

The one-off benefits pursuant to § 24 paragraph 3 sentence 1 number 1 and 2 SGB II are provided within the competence of the municipal institutions. The amount of benefits can therefore vary from region to region.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

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