After the ÖVP and FPÖ decided on Thursday that the heating subsidy in Upper Austria would be extended to more than 250,000 households, the details are now known: families and low earners in particular are to be supported.
The National Council decided this week to release 450 million euros for housing and heating allowances. Upper Austria will receive a good 75 million euros from the pot. It has been clear since Thursday what will happen to this money: after its exam in the Mühlviertel, the black-blue state coalition announced that the group of recipients would be expanded from the current 25,000 to more than 250,000 households – we reported. On Friday the ÖVP and FPÖ also gave the Details known: In total, more than four out of ten households in Upper Austria will be entitled to apply for the heating subsidy in the future. The federal funds are intended to benefit families with children in particular. A household with one underage child receives 300 euros, with two or more children the amount increases to 400 euros. If you don’t (any longer) have underage children, you can count on 200 euros. Together with the cushioning measures that have already been decided by the state, a household will be supported with up to 800 euros. The income limit for one-person households was set at 27,000 gross per year – without family support or other social benefits – for multi-person households it is lower at 65,000 euros. According to the ÖVP and FPÖ, this would particularly benefit single earners or single parents. Because, according to Governor Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP): “The rising prices are now affecting an increasing number of people in our country.” With the help of the housing and energy cost bonus, “those who are most affected by inflation should also be able to meet their financial obligations can comply”, adds LH deputy Manfred Haimbuchner (FPÖ). The subsidy can be applied for online from April 3 at www.land-oberoesterreich.gv.at/energiekostenbonus.