New figures: 36% more households in Norway receive housing benefits due to high electricity prices

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A total of 97,000 households received housing benefits in March, 26,000 more than before the scheme was adjusted upwards due to the price of electricity. It is not too late to get post-paid support.

The housing benefit payment in December last year was the last before the scheme was temporarily strengthened. Approximately 71,200 households received support at that time, and the increase to March this year is about 36%. 

On average, the recipients received NOK 2,914 in support in March and an average extra payment of NOK 2,600 to cover high electricity costs, Husbanken (The Norwegian State Housing Bank) wrote in a press release on Wednesday.

In connection with the extraordinary electricity situation, the government has also temporarily extended the application deadline for the scheme. The last deadline for applying to Husbanken for housing benefits for December, January, and February is April 1.

So far, 6,000 applications have been processed, and about 60% of these have been approved. The remaining applications have mainly been rejected due to high income.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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