Due to the increased energy costs, the State of Salzburg has increased its heating subsidy for households with low incomes. This year, demand is expected to be even greater than last year. However, there is criticism of the necessary multiple applications in the city of Salzburg.
Last winter, 4,327 Salzburg households received the heating subsidy – 29 percent more than in the 2019/20 heating season. 650,000 euros subsidy from the State of Salzburg. And it will probably be even more, expects the responsible Deputy Governor Heinrich Schellhorn (Greens).
Increase from 150 to 180 euros
Because in view of the increased energy costs, the state heating cost subsidy was increased from 150 to 180 euros. It can now be applied for on the Internet from the State of Salzburg or from the main place of residence. The requirements are precisely defined: a single person may not earn more than 979 euros net per month, couples not more than 1,469. If there are still children or other adults in the household, the limit increases.
More need for heating subsidy expected
But aren’t the 180 euros subsidy too little in view of the extremely high energy prices? Heating oil became more than 60 percent more expensive, natural gas around 20 percent more expensive. Schellhorn says: “In addition, there is also the federal government’s inflation adjustment of 150 euros for this target group. This target group would have to be satisfied with that. We have definitely budgeted 650,000 euros for this. If the need is greater, I will definitely finance it by reallocating it from the social budget. ”It is still unclear where it can be applied for.
Criticism of additional bureaucracy for 20 euros from the city
The city of Salzburg also offers an additional 20 euros for heating costs. But for this you have to submit a second application – even if you have already applied for the state grant from the magistrate. This is critical and unknown to most, criticizes councilor Kay Michael Dankl (KPÖplus). He will personally inform 15,000 households in need.
Social Councilor Anja Hagenauer (SPÖ) emphasizes that the magistrate is not to blame for this double application – this is due to the state social department: “We very much regret that the city’s ‘Energie 20er’ is not transferred as part of the state’s heating subsidy . Unfortunately, the state has not adopted any of the city’s proposed solutions. ”She is now looking for State Social Affairs Officer Schellhorn for a simplified communal solution, emphasizes Hagenauer. The heating subsidy is paid once per winter.