In Austria, even the dead are being helped by the state to cope with soaring prices as Europe faces an energy crisis following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the month, Austria has been paying 500 euros ($500) per adult to reside in the country for six months in 2022 to help cope with inflation.
That means even people who have died but are still on the taxpayer’s database are receiving payments, and “legally unable to recover them”, Environment Department spokeswoman Martina Stemmer told AFP.
Relatives of some recently deceased Austrians have taken to the press to express surprise that they have kept the money, and are adding fuel to the controversy over the payments.
“Klimabonus” or climate bonuses were initially introduced to distribute to consumers some of the funds collected from a carbon tax on polluters, but the amount was increased to help offset the increase. increased inflation due to soaring energy costs following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Neos liberal opposition party on Wednesday called for reform of the mechanism, denouncing “the waste of taxpayers’ money not only falling into the pockets of the high earners but also the dead.”
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