The constitutional social state principle is fleshed out in the Books of the Social Code. Social Code Book 1 (General Part) and Social Code Book 10 (Social and Administrative Procedures and Protection of Social Data) apply to all relevant Books.
Relevant Books include:
The constitutional social state principle enshrined in the Basic Law (Article 20  Grundgesetz/GG; see also 1.2.2) is fleshed out in the Social Code. Accordingly, Article 1 of Book 1 of the Social Code (SGB I), lays down general provisions that apply throughout all Books of the Social Code:
The law enshrined in the Social Code aims to realise social justice and social welfare by way of social benefits, including social and educational support services. Its goal is to help
With a view to fulfilling these responsibilities, Articles 2 et seq. SGB I contain a selection of social rights which are tied to social benefit entitlements and upheld by the various providers of social benefits (e.g., the job centres, Federal Employment Agency, health insurance providers, youth welfare offices) in the form of services, benefits in kind, or cash benefits.
The social security benefits paid out to all beneficiaries in the event of certain risks or events materialising form a major pillar of this system and are financed from the contributions of employers and/or policyholders:
Other social benefits are largely financed from the public purse:
A number of further laws are considered special parts of the Social Code and also contain relevant social benefits (Article 68 SGB I). These include but are not limited to:
All providers of social benefits are bound by the superordinate procedural requirements of SGB I and SGB X in their responsibility for realising social rights by way of social services. These include, for example, a general duty to provide advice on benefit entitlements (Article 14 SGB I) and the obligation incumbent upon social benefit providers to ensure that social benefits are delivered comprehensively, promptly and without unnecessary effort on the part of the beneficiary (Article 17 SGB I). All parties have the right to attend negotiations or meetings accompanied by an advisor (Article 13  SGB X).