On Wednesday, the National Council decided on another money bonus. Who can look forward to 1,080 euros more per year in the future?
High inflation continues to hit low-income households much harder than the wealthy. At the same time, more and more children are at acute risk of poverty. To counteract this, the federal government decided on Wednesday a new package of measures to relieve families at risk of poverty. It includes an extra monthly payment and an increased school start allowance.
“Children are the most vulnerable part of our society, which is why we want to do everything we can to enable them to grow up without worries, even in times of crisis,” said Family Minister Susanne Raab.
Recipients of unemployment benefits, emergency assistance, social assistance and compensatory allowance will receive a cash bonus of 60 euros per child and month. The same applies to single parents with a gross monthly income of up to 2,000 euros. This payout is to use until 2024 and thus amounts to a total of 1,080 euros over 18 months.
Recipients of social assistance without children will receive the amount of 60 euros per month from July until the end of 2023 – 360 euros more.
Families with children at risk of poverty will also benefit from the “Schulstartklar!” campaign of the Ministry of Social Affairs. In future, they will receive vouchers worth 150 euros twice a year before the start of each semester (instead of the previous 120 euros). These can be redeemed at two large school supply retailers operating throughout Austria. The school start allowance of 105.80 euros will be transferred together with the family allowance in September.
The package, which provides financial support for up to 400,000 children and 200,000 adults in Austria and prevents acute poverty, comprises about 500 million euros.
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