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Heating allowance of up to €500 in Germany. Who is entitled to it?

Heating allowance of up to €500 in Germany who can claim it?

Life in Germany. Heating allowance in Germany. Due to the inflation of energy prices in Germany, Germans are entitled to a special heating allowance lasting to the end of the year.

Many people could face financial hardship due to the energy crisis in Germany. The federal government aims to relieve citizens as much as possible with a number of measures. This also includes the  special Bürgergeld Citizenship Income Ordinance for  2023.

According to the Federal Employment Agency, the new bonus of up to 500 euros is aimed at people who find themselves in financial difficulties due to sharply increased heating expenses. Anyone unable to no longer provide for themselves in a month, can also apply for the bonus. It is important to note the heating surcharge is paid once.

The heating allowance is valid from January 1, 2023. Those interested can receive a benefit for the month in which their financial limit was exceeded by heating costs. This one-off payment is intended to ease the financial burden of heating costs.

When and where can I apply for a heating allowance?

The application can be submitted by anyone whose heating costs or the prices of fuel oil, pellets, wood or gas cause financial difficulties. The easiest way to do this is online via the portal of the Federal Employment Agency. Additionally, applications do not have to be submitted immediately in the month in which the payment deadline falls.  Applicants have up to three months to submit an application.

In order to receive the heating allowance, several conditions must be met. Receipts must be submitted and income must be shown. The set limit cannot be exceeded. According to the Federal Employment Agency, it is 15,000 euros per month per person. This amount increases by another 15,000 euros for each additional person with whom the applicant lives and works.

Bürgergeld instead of Hartz IV

From January 2023, the Hartz IV benefit ceased to exist and was replaced by the  Bürgergeld citizen income. Citizens’ income is only a basic security and beneficiaries should continue trying to return to the labor market. The new Bürgergeld benefit should compensate for rising inflation and energy costs.

From January 2023, the standard  Bürgergeld rate  will increase by €50 on average compared to Hartz IV and is:

  • Children up to 5 years  318 euros per month.
  • Children from 6 to 13 years old will receive  348 euros  per month
  • Children aged 14 to 17 are to receive  €420.
  • For couples living together,  €451 per month is provided.
  • 502 euros per month  for single people.

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source: Federal Labor Office