One of the big issues of the budget concerned the increase in the energy bill. To lighten it up a bit, the government has therefore decided to extend the “social tariff” for the most disadvantaged and to grant them, too, an “energy check” of 80 euros. So who is really going to benefit? And will that be enough to “offset” the price increases of the past few weeks?
This is the first measure that was announced by the government: the extension of the extended social tariff. A system initially set up as part of the covid measures and which will be maintained in 2022. Aid granted to around 2 million Belgians, i.e. beneficiaries of the CPAS, pensioners with limited income and workers with an income of 1,600 euros gross per month. On the average bill: 720 euros savings per year.
We must maintain aid
At the CPAS des Bons-Villers for example, given the current situation, we are delighted with the measure. Anne-Laure Desmit, is the president of the CPAS: “People fill their tank with fuel oil. They phone because they can’t make ends meet. They ask for help from the CPAS. It’s every day, at least a request in this direction. . We must maintain aid. “
Along with the measure, these same people benefiting from the extended social tariff for gas and electricity and in a difficult situation, will benefit from a reduction of 80 to 100 euros on the annual bill. Some citizens today feel forgotten. “You really have to be in trouble and well below the ground to have aid. Normal households, the majority of households, we will not see the color of Federal aid“, estimates a lady interviewed for the RTL INFO 19 hours.
Guest of our editorial staff, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo reacted: “There is no such thing as free. There is always someone who has to pay for it. Our choice was to target those who really need it. We had the choice of giving everyone a little bit or saying those who really need it, those who have will help them. “
103 million euros in aid
Last modification on our bill, the federal taxes which would have increased next year will be replaced by excise duties which can be prevented from increasing. For households, it is a reduction of 30 to 50 euros. “It’s better than nothing but it’s not enough. When you see the price of energy, it’s not enough for many people“, loose a passer-by interviewed. This measure does not apply to people who benefit from the extended social tariff. For the government, the cost of this rebate represents 103 million euros.