The introductory allowance is intended to provide you with a financial incentive if your income is initially no higher or barely higher than your previous cash benefits from the basic income support scheme.
Einstiegsgeld is granted to you as a non-accountable subsidy.
The amount of the subsidy can be determined by each job center on the basis of the legal criteria and amounts to a maximum of 50 percent of the standard rate of the citizen's allowance. The calculation of the amount takes into account, among other things, the duration of your unemployment and the size of your needs group. Therefore, the amount of the Einstiegsgeld varies depending on the individual case.
For special groups of people, your job center can also make a flat-rate assessment. This facilitates equal decisions in similarly situated cases and concerns in particular:
- Long-term unemployed,
- single parents,
- older people,
- people with health problems,
- women in partner need groups.
You can receive starter money for a maximum of 24 months.
Your job center alone decides whether and how much you can receive. This means that you have no legal entitlement to it.