1.5 billion euros is the payout amount for the 2023 climate bonus, and the Ministry of Climate Protection spent around 750,000 euros on the application.
Preparations for the disbursement of the 2023 climate bonus are currently underway. The first amounts are expected to flow to those eligible in the fall. All people who had their primary residence in Austria for at least six months this year will receive the bonus – regardless of age and citizenship.
The payment will be made in two tranches: The first tranche will be paid in September and October, and the second tranche will be in February 2024.
As seen from a recent parliamentary question response from Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens), the payout for this year’s climate bonus is 1.467 billion euros. By comparison, in 2022, it was still around four billion euros. Last year, an anti-inflation compensation was also paid out with the climate bonus, “Heute” reported. In addition, the regional staggering was dropped.
Anyone who has updated their account number by July 10, 2023, and deposited it with FinanzOnline will have the bonus automatically transferred to their account. Those who receive regular payments from the government also do not have to do anything else. All others can deposit their account details on FinanzOnline for the 2024 payment. Alternatively, a voucher (from Sodexo) will be sent out again.
The climate protection ministry also advertised to make more people disclose their account data. Neos MP Gerald Loacker, who put the question to Minister Gewessler, wanted to know how much it had cost. Result: For the advertisement of the climatic bonus, including a request to announce the account data, the Gewessler Ministry spent approximately 743,000 euros. The pressure of a Postwurfsendung (110,000 euros) and their dispatch (scarcely 610,000 euros) was the most expensive.
The climate bonus (Sodexo voucher) letters are then distributed as in the previous year via RSa letter to those who have not given their account data. In contrast to last year, however, there is a regional graduation: depending on the district in which one has one’s main residence, one will receive between 110 and 220 euros.
The regional scaling is intended to consider, among other things, the connection to the public transport network and the available infrastructure (e.g., schools or hospitals). This is why cities with a well-developed public transport network pay less than those in rural areas.
- source: heute.at/picture: klimabonus.at