After a disbursement error, 200,000 pensioners will get an additional payment

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Although the government had fixed a bonus for pensioners, those with small pensions were paid too little. This is now changing.

On March 1, the federal government launched a new cash bonus – this time for the 1.8 million pensioners in the country. They were to receive a direct payment of up to 500 euros as emergency aid against the enormous price increases. The cost is part of the 2023 pension increase, which raised incomes on a socially graduated basis. For recipients of a compensatory allowance (minimum pension), this should result in a total income increase of 10.2 percent in 2023. But a flawed law cut the cash bonus.

The government had failed with the implementation of the appropriate law! The bonus wave ebbed due to a calculation error for 200,000 claimants before the account posting. The responsible Minister of Social Affairs, Johannes Rauch, made the slip-up public himself: “200,000 minimum pensioners received a direct payment that was too low. It was calculated only from the personal pension and not (as planned) from the equalization supplement. That was a mistake in the law formulation, which we will correct immediately.”

Now is clear after a meeting of the Committee for labour and social affairs on Thursday: it comes to a back payment with the 200,000 affected! “The goal was and is a socially just compensation of inflation, especially for people with a small pension. We now ensure this with this correction,” explained the ÖVP MP Michael Hammer.

  • source: heute.at/picture: pixabay.com
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