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Public assistance

Under public assistance (SGB XII), benefits are provided to individuals and households who are unable to meet their own needs and lack (sufficient) entitlement under other insurance and welfare systems that come before it. Apart from continuous subsistence payments, this refers to basic security benefits in old age and in cases of reduced earning capacity as well as "special benefits of public assistance" such as integration assistance for disabled persons, assistance for nursing care, assistance towards health care.


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Key figures

Recipients of public assistance
Basic security benefits 12/20161,025,903
Assistance for nursing care 2015450,674
Households receiving housing allowance 2015460,080
Benefits for asylum seekers2015974,551
Public children and youth welfare
Expenditure (EUR bn) 201540.7
Social reporting
Proportion of recipients of minimum social security benefits 20159.7%


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