Rising prices for housing, energy, transport and food are putting a strain on more and more people. Those who already have little money at their disposal are particularly hard hit - around 15 percent of the Austrian population, or 1.3 million people, are at risk of poverty. 368,000 of those affected are children and young people. In a rich country like Austria, child poverty should not be an issue - but the current economic and energy crisis threatens to exacerbate this problem even further.
The introduction of a basic child benefit could free children and families from such poverty. Moreover, this would replace already existing social benefits.
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Host: Wolfgang Schiefer - ATV