Minimum income scheme and social assistance

In 2020 a total of 260 114 persons were supported by the minimum income scheme (“Mindestsicherung”) and social assistance (“Sozialhilfe”) (-7 569 or -2.8% compared to 2019). Thus, the figures decreased for the third time after a series of high growth rates in the past years.

The majority of the recipients were supported longer than 6 months. 2020, for 74% the length of support has been 7 up to 12 months, whereas 14% received cash benefits for 3 months at most. The average length of support relating to the reporting year reached 9.6 months in Vienna which was far above the other Laender.

The total expenditure (subsistence, housing needs, protection in case of sickness) were €959 million (+46 million or +5.0% compared to 2019). The major part thereof was spent in Vienna (€662 million) where most of the supported persons (annual average: 66%) lived. The average monthly expenditure per community in need for subsistence and housing needs reached €699 and was highest in Vorarlberg (€807) and in Tyrol (€774).

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Minimum income scheme and social assistance1) of federal provinces 2012 - 2020: persons, communities in need and expenditure

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