High Demand for Minimum Benefit

Politics ♦ Published: November 15, 2010; 12:59 ♦ (Vindobona)

In the first month after the introduction of the minimum benefit already 14,500 applications have been submitted. A significantly lower demand had been expected.

High Demand for Minimum Benefit / Picture: © AMS

The minimum benefit is the new form of social assistance, in force since a month ago. The program runs under the official title of “Bedarfsorientierte Mindestsicherung” (BMS, minimum benefit according to need). The Arbeitsmarktservice (AMS, Work Market Service has received in this period already 14,500 applications, many more than were expected. Nationwide a total of about 20,000…