Norway’s government wants to increase housing allowance to help people pay their electricity bills

Charger - electricity pricesPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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The high electricity prices are creating problems for those in Norway who have the least. Now the government wants to increase housing benefits in order to compensate people with poor personal finances.

“The Center Party and the Labor Party have been very concerned about the very high electricity prices lately and over time. We are concerned with helping people. 

“We will, therefore, make proposals in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) in a couple of weeks to help those who are hit hardest,” Finance Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (SP) told the newspaper VG.

Southern Norway is currently experiencing record high electricity prices, and for those with poor personal finances, it can be a problem, especially in the colder months to come.

Increased housing allowance

“We will strengthen the housing allowance and present proposals related to it,” Vedum told the newspaper.

Housing allowance is a state support scheme for those with low incomes and high housing costs.

The Socialist Left Party (SV) announced on Tuesday that they demand electricity measures within a week and that they want a higher housing allowance. The Storting will vote on a number of electricity price measures on Thursday, including a higher housing allowance.

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

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