The on-site services we’re accustomed to offering at public offices around Germany have changed for the foreseeable future. Read on to find out what it looks like to take a translator to an appointment with you during the Corona pandemic.
If you’ve recently applied for ALGII, you’re probably getting lots of letters from the JobCenter. Under normal circumstances, they’d invite you to an in-person interview to discuss your work situation, and it would be compulsory to attend. But these are not normal times.
We had a huge response to our discounted Life Admin service as the Corona wave hit Europe. It seemed to be just the right antidote at just the right time. Although our standard Life Admin service will return to its previous price (49 EUR per hour) from 24th May, we’ve decided to keep the discount in place for ALGI/ALGII recipients.
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The Berlin Senate met yesterday to discuss how to support artists and cultural workers during the Corona crisis. The Senate resolved to convince the Bundesrat (German council of states) to request that the Federal government support artists and freelancers in cultural and media by paying them a flat fee of 1,180€ monthly while they are unable to work. In Baden-Württemburg, this initiative has already been combined with the Federal “Soforthilfe” programme.
If this goes through, it won’t be influenced by savings or assets – just a flat fee to cover living expenses. The decision in Berlin is only at the Senate level so far, so there is still a long way to go. There might be opposition. But it an important decision and we will wait eagerly to see how it develops.
Press release from the Senate here.
There are some buzz words whirling around in Germany’s capital city. Mietendeckel (rental ceiling). Mietspiegel (rental index). Mietpreisebremse (rent freeze). These are three different concepts, but I’d like to go through the most recent development, the Mietendeckel. You might be paying too much rent and you might be entitled to a reduction. So let’s get started.
The Easter bunny appears to have shown up a bit early. I’ve made a video explaining how to fill out the main application form for ALGII. At the point at which I start talking about health insurance, you can hear Frozen II blaring in the background. Welcome to “working at home”! I hope it’s helpful and I wish you a very happy Easter.
If you are tearing your hair out because you can’t find answers to really important questions about the freelance grant, legal translator Dr.Carol van Buren was kind enough to translate an article written by tax advisor Daniel Reich that appeared in gruenderlexikon.de. She’s shared a summary with us and it’s definitely worth a careful read if you just received funds from the IBB.
The JobCenter has just released a new batch of forms to make applying for welfare during the Corona pandemic easier. We’ve had a look – they are simpler than the last lot, but will probably take you roughly the same amount of time to fill out. Details and links below.
ibb.de has thwarted our plans to help our Life Admin clients with the application form for Soforthilfe II (Landesmittel) online by giving everyone a place in the waiting line and offering you 35 minute slots to complete your application. Since your place in the line might come up at 10pm, we’ve decided to create text instructions to talk you through it instead.
Good news – tenants don’t have to fear eviction if they fall into arrears between April and September 2020. The Berlin Senate is set to introduce new protective measures.