Less people on minimum income scheme in Austria

A total of 267.683 persons were supported by the minimum income scheme (“Mindestsicherung”) in 2019, as Statistics Austria reports.

After the strong annual growth until 2016 and a stagnation in 2017, the number of supported persons decreased by 21.963 (-7.6%) compared to the previous year.

The total expenditure (subsistence, housing needs, protection in case of sickness) in 2019 amounted to €913 million (-28 million or -3.0% compared to 2018).

The major part thereof (€607 million) was spent in Vienna. This corresponds with the fact that also most recipients lived in Vienna (64%, annual average).

The minimum income scheme comprises benefits to ensure people’s means of subsistence and housing needs, and to afford protection in case of sickness, pregnancy and childbirth.

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