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Labour

Overview

Labour market policy

Basic income support for jobseekers

Skilled workers

Transformation of the world of work

Labour Law

Occupational Safety and Health

Social Affairs

Overview

Social Insurance

Statutory accident insurance

Old-age security in Germany

Social Assistance

Socialcompensation law

Health Care

Participation and inclusion

Europe and the World

Overview

Europe

Overview

#MySocialEurope: Germany's Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Employment and social policy in the EU

Working in another EU country

EU external relations

Migration from third countries

European Funds

Overview

European Social Fund (ESF)

Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD)

International

Overview

International Employment and Social Policy

Labour and Social Policy at the G7/G20 Levels

Corporate Social Responsibility

Twinning in Labour and Social Policy (Administrative partnerships)

Bilateral social security agreements outside the European Union

International Organisations

Services

Overview:  Services

Contact

Publications

Overview

Shopping cart

Press

Overview

Recent Publications

Press photos

Overview

Press photos of the minister

Press photos of the state secretaries

RSS

Visitor Centre

The Ministry

Overview:  The Ministry

BMAS at a Glance

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Social Compensation

Socialcompensation law

Socialcompensation law is based on the provisions set out in the Federal War Victims Relief Act (Bundesversorgungsgesetz), which was originally enacted to provide for WWII victims and their surviving dependants. As an underlying principle of victims' compensation, where appropriate the Act has also been applied for several decades to other groups of people who are entitled to claim under certain secondary legislation (e.g. victims of violent crime, people injured during military or civilian service, people who were imprisoned on the basis of an unlawful sentence under the SED regime (the regime of the Socialist Unity Party of the former German Democratic Republic), people with vaccine damage).

Victims' compensation and assistance is based on the type and degree of severity of the injury or illness and on the individual's actual needs, and comprises a number of different benefits. These include monetary benefits and payments in kind, such as pensions or assistance, physiotherapy, medical rehabilitation and welfare schemes. Designed to compensate for the additional expense arising from the injury or illness or paid on purely humanitarian grounds, the pensions paid to victims and their surviving dependants are paid irrespective of the individual's income.

Further Information

Social Compensation