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Basic provision in old age and in the event of permanent reduction in earning capacity

You may be entitled to basic benefits in old age and in the event of reduced earning capacity if one of the following conditions is met:

  • When you reach retirement age (retirement age starts between 65 and 67, depending on your year of birth), or
  • if there is an unlimited full reduction in earning capacity which has been determined by the pension provider and you are of age (18 years old) and your income and assets are not sufficient to secure your livelihood.

    Note on Corona: Information on temporary facilitated access to basic income support in old age and in the event of reduced earning capacity as part of the social protection package can be found in the relevant information sheet under the heading "Where can I find out more".

Due to the current situation, the social centres of the Social Services Office in the municipality of Bremen have currently restricted open consultation hours and home visits. Citizens are therefore requested to present their concerns by telephone or e-mail. In special cases, a personal appointment can be arranged. Corresponding emergency services have been set up in all social centres.

Basic provision in old age and in the event of a permanent reduction in earning capacity is granted to ensure the necessary subsistence if one's own income and assets or those of one's spouse or partner are not sufficient. Since January 01, 2005, basic income support has been a form of social assistance (assistance for subsistence).

In contrast to other social assistance benefits, no maintenance is demanded from dependent children or parents if the annual income per dependent person is less than 100,000 euros. The benefits are essentially the same as assistance with subsistence.

The basic provision includes

  • The relevant standard rate of social assistance
  • The reasonable actual costs of accommodation and heating
  • If necessary, additional requirements for:
    1. Severely disabled person with feature G and aG in the severely disabled person pass
    2. expensive diet
    3. expectant mothers after the 12th week of pregnancy
    4. Single parenthood
    5. a decentralised hot water supply
    6. Contributions for health and nursing care insurance and for pensions

    One-time requirements for:

    1. Initial equipment for the dwelling including household appliances
    2. Original equipment for clothing
    3. Initial equipment for pregnancy and birth
    4. Purchase and repair of orthopaedic footwear
    5. repairs of therapeutic appliances and equipment, and hire of therapeutic appliances

Basic income support is also provided in the case of inpatient accommodation, for example in a nursing home.

Requirements

  • reaching retirement age (start of retirement age between 65 and 67 years of age, depending on the year of birth) or
  • if there is a permanent full reduction in earning capacity, which has been determined by the pension provider and you are of age (completion of the 18th year of life) and your income and assets are not sufficient to secure your livelihood.

What documents do I need?

  • Proof of permanent incapacity to work

    e.g. determination of the pension insurance institution, employment in a workshop for disabled people

  • Identity card
  • proof of income and assets of the applicant

    All proof of income and assets, e.g. pension statements, alimony, other social benefits, savings books, life insurance, car

  • proof of income and assets of the spouse or partner

    These are e.g. employment income, unemployment benefit, other social benefits, savings books, life insurance, car

  • Supporting titles

    e.g. maintenance order, court order or judgment or proof of service of the maintenance claim

  • Proof of the date of separation or divorce
  • Rental agreement and service charge statements

    Rental agreement or existing rental agreement changes, current service charge statements such as house costs