Payments to secure sustenance are only granted upon application and for a limited period.
Persons aged 15 up to the standard pension age limit (2012: 65 years and one month; 2013: 65 years and two months), who are capable of work and in need of assistance are entitled to a claim.
The members of the family living in a community of requirements with the applicant also have a claim to payments. A community of requirements designates persons who live in the same household and keep house together. Likewise, it is expected that each member of the community of requirements uses his income and assets in order to cover the overall requirements of all members of the community of requirements.
As a matter of principle, the following persons cannot receive payments according to Volume III of the German Social Code (examples):
For these persons, a different state provisions payment from a different payment scheme (e.g. Social Welfare Office of the City of Münster) can be considered in need of assistance.