The campaign “Energy support plus” for low-income people is extended by the City of Vienna. This is to help with the payment of gas and electricity bills. The subsidy of up to 500 euros can be applied for by the approximately 200,000 eligible households not only until the end of the year but until June 30, 2023.
In the meantime, 53.7 million euros have been paid out to almost 269,000 applicants for the additional, broader “Energy Bonus 22” of 200 euros. He is faithful to his word, Mayor Michael Ludwig (SPÖ) stressed in a statement: “We will support the Viennese as long as the current wave of inflation continues so that they can also cope well with this crisis.”
Since energy prices remain high and no rapid relief is in sight, the provincial government has decided to extend the “Energy Support Plus.” After all, some people do not receive their annual bill until spring, so “some Viennese may not get into payment difficulties until spring,” said Peter Hacker (SPÖ), city councillor for social affairs, explaining why the campaign was extended.
Increased to 26 million euros
The budget for the energy bill subsidy, which is paid directly to the energy company, was increased from six to 26 million euros in October. Low-income Viennese (an estimated 200,000) can apply for it online until mid-2023 – with an enclosed bill.
An estimated 650,000 households (303,713 of which have already done so) can apply for the 200 euro energy bonus online using the password sent by letter until March 31. Income limits of 40,000 euros for single-person households (over 18 years old, primary residence in Vienna on November 10, 2022) or 100,000 euros with multiple direct homes apply.
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