Access to family allowances simplified

Digital applications Access to family allowances simplified

The Federal Government and federal state governments (Länder) have agreed that the process of applying for family allowances is not only to be simplified, but also made available digitally in future as far as possible. Access to these allowances is to be made as simple as possible and save applicants a trip to the government office.

“Kindergeld Online” (child benefits online) saves a trip to the local government office and therefore relieves the strain on parents.

“Kindergeld Online” (child benefits online) saves a trip to the local government office and therefore relieves the strain on parents.

Photo: Ute Grabowsky/photothek.net

The Federal Government has today approved the Gesetzentwurf zur Digitalisierung von Verwaltungsverfahren bei der Gewährung von Familienleistungen (draft bill on the digitalisation of administrative procedures in the granting of family allowances) presented by the Federal Minister of the Interior and the Federal Minister for Family Affairs. The proposed bill will now be consulted on in the German Bundestag. Following this consultation in the Bundestag, the German Bundesrat (Federal Council) must also approve the bill.

Relieving the strain on parents after the birth of a child

The draft bill establishes the legal framework conditions for simplifying access to key family allowances as much as possible. The initial focus is on parental allowance, child benefits and registration of births.

The aim is to relieve the strain of bureaucracy on parents around the birth of a child. Administrative contacts are to be consolidated and data will not have to be entered several times. This removes the need for a trip to the local government office. At the parents’ request, necessary data, for example, proof of income for a parental allowance application, can be retrieved between authorities. In this way, the administration offers parents a comfortable and time-saving option to provide the required documentation through cross-authority data exchange.

Milestone in digitalisation of administration

“A flagship of administrative digitalisation has been established today with the Digitale Familienleistungen-Gesetz (digital family allowances act),” said Federal Minister for Family Affairs Giffey. By focussing on simplifying obligations to provide evidence, the draft bill goes beyond the requirements of the Onlinezugangsgesetz (online access act) and represents an important building block towards the creation of a user-friendly, digital administration in Germany. "The act therefore forms a further milestone on the way to the digitalisation of our citizen-oriented administration,” stressed Federal Minister of the Interior Seehofer.