Welfare Simulator

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In Austria 256.405 people are on the needs-based minimum income scheme ("Mindestsicherung"). The system was modernized in 2010/11 to be less restrictive, guarantee free health insurance for all beneficiaries and introduce roughly comparable standards in all nine provinces. Since then the number of recipients increased 45 percent. While the levels of support are well below the poverty threshold, there is an ongoing debate on whether to reduce the generosity of the system. The project tried to create a "welfare simulator" where the player needs to stay afloat for a given period of time. The challenge is to balance limited income and welfare payments with high costs of living and the imponderables of life.