The City of Vienna wants to help 200,000 households with “Energy Support Plus”. These citizens now get an additional 500 euros.
The City of Vienna has taken a number of measures to cushion current inflation and rising energy prices. With the energy support plus, from October 3rd, unaffordable energy cost arrears and annual bills up to a maximum of 500 euros can be taken over by a direct instruction to the respective energy company.
Around 200,000 Viennese households are eligible, which represents a significant expansion of the target group. The services are carried out by the Department for Social Affairs, Social and Health Law. The funds previously used by the City of Vienna for energy support will be increased from 6 to 26 million euros.
“Hard to lift”
Social Councilor Peter Hacker: “In the current situation, energy cost arrears are difficult for many Viennese to cope with. We help those who need support most urgently – and we do this in a targeted manner by paying the outstanding bills to the energy providers.”
“It is important to me that nobody has to sit in a cold, dark apartment. In addition to the voluntary commitment by Wien Energie not to switch off electricity, gas and heat in the coming winter, specifically from December 2022 to the end of February 2023, we also support it the assumption of arrears for energy costs,” adds City Councilor for Economic Affairs Peter Hanke.
He adds: “In December, around 650,000 Viennese households benefited from the Vienna Energy Bonus ’22 and, upon application, received 200 euros in cash transferred to their account.”
Maximum 500 euros per household
The following people can submit an online application at wien.gv.at for energy support plus: Recipients of Vienna minimum security, housing assistance, AIVG benefits, a compensatory or supplementary allowance, GIS-exempt persons and low-income earners who are covered by the cost cap of the Renewable Development Act or are entitled to sickness benefit, rehabilitation benefit, reintegration benefit or transitional benefit. Applications can be submitted from October 3rd to December 31st, 2022. The maximum funding amount is 500 euros per household.