In 2010 a total of some 253 200 person were reliant on social assistance benefits in order
to secure necessities of life. This number comprises 177 100 people who
were supported by social assistance in private households, and 76 100
beneficiaries of social assistance in homes for the elderly and nursing
homes. Compared with 2000, the number of beneficiaries of social assistance increased
by around 113 700 people
Viewed by federal province, the increase in the number of people claiming social assistance is above all concentrated in Vienna: here the number of people supported by extramural social assistance rose from around 41 800 (2000) to 106 700 (2010). In the federal capital, supplementary financial assistance must now be given to a greater number of people whose income lies below the level of the social assistance standard rate. The increase in atypical and precarious employment situations (part-time, marginal employment, temporary work etc.), the associated low incomes and, in the event of unemployment, the resulting low (preferential) social benefits (unemployment benefit, unemployment assistance) are given by the Vienna social welfare administration as reasons for the high increase with respect to social assistance standard-rate supplements.
Expenditure of the federal provinces on social assistance in
2010 was €3.41 billion
Social assistance means are used in various areas. The majority of social assistance expenditures are traditionally spent on the (co-)financing of accommodation of persons in need in homes for the elderly and care homes. Expenditure in this area in 2010 amounted to €1.98 billion, equating to 58% of social assistance expenditure overall (gross). A total of €532 million (16%) was spent on mobile social welfare services, €446 million (13%) on standard-rate benefits, financial assistance and rent assistance, and €137 million (4%) on illness assistance. The remainder comprised expenditure on refugee assistance and other payments.
Statistics of social assistance expired with the end of reference year 2010.
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