Salary instead of pocket money
Research project on the calculation and analysis of the costs of a remuneration subject to social security contributions for people with disabilities in day and employment structures
The NPO Competence Center was commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection with the research project to calculate and analyse the costs of a socially insured remuneration of people with disabilities in day and employment structures.
Based on long-standing demands of self-advocates and organisations of persons with disabilities, the current government programme 2020-2024 of the federal government provides that persons with disabilities who work in day and employment structures should receive remuneration and social security coverage in the future.
Currently, people with disabilities who are unable to work, even in a sheltered workplace or in an integrative enterprise, due to the nature and extent of their impairments, are mostly employed in day and employment structures, such as workshops. For these activities, the people concerned receive a low pocket money as remuneration and have to make a living by receiving income replacement benefits and benefits in kind from the social assistance of the Länder.
The introduction of remuneration would not only have a legal but also a significant financial impact on the existing system. I.e. not only on the affected persons with disabilities themselves, but also on the federal government, federal provinces (partly municipalities), social insurance and the respective institutions, as income replacement benefits in the new system would have to be paid in a different way or no longer.
The aim of the research project is, on the one hand, to draw up an actual status of the income situation of the target group for the first time, i.e. for those persons who are partially insured according to §8 para. 1 no. 3 lit. m ASVG. Secondly, based on this, to estimate the additional total costs resulting from the change in the system and how the costs in the alternative system are distributed among the different regional authorities, social insurance, disability assistance providers and the persons concerned themselves, compared to the current system.