Minimum income scheme

In 2018 a total of 289 646 persons were supported by the minimum income scheme (“Mindestsicherung”) (-18 208 or -5.9% compared to 2017). Thus, the figures decreased for the first time after a series of high growth rates in the past years.

The majority of the recipients were supported longer than 6 months. 2018, for 70% the length of support has been 7 up to 12 months, whereas 16% received cash benefits for 3 months at most. The average length of support relating to the reporting year reached 9.3 months in Vienna which was far above the other Laender.

The total expenditure (subsistence, housing needs, protection in case of sickness) were €941 million in 2018 (-36 million or -3.7% compared to 2017). The major part thereof was spent in Vienna (€621 million). The average monthly expenditure per community in need for subsistence and housing needs reached €638 and was highest in Vorarlberg (€813) and in Tyrol (€729).

Minimum income scheme of federal provinces 2012 - 2018: persons, communities in need and expenditure

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