Norway’s Socialist Left Party wants to provide more financial support to those who use little electricity

Audun LysbakkenPhoto: Annika Byrde / NTB
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When the electricity support scheme is extended, the Socialist Left Party (SV) wants it to have a stronger social component by giving more support to those with low consumption.

“We know that people with low incomes have low consumption, so that provides us with a good social profile,” SV leader Audun Lysbakken told the newspaper VG.

The government wants to extend the electricity subsidy scheme until March next year and cover 80% of the electricity price over 70 øre per kilowatt-hour, measured on average for one month.

The SV’s proposal

The SV wants to cover 100% of the electricity price over 50 øre for the first 1000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) during a month. For the next 2000 kWh, the SV proposes covering 80%.

Lysbakken and his party also want to extend the enhanced housing benefits and social assistance as long as the electricity support is extended.

Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Aasland (AP) says the government is working on a formal proposal to extend the electricity support scheme for one year. 

“There are various reasons why people have high power consumption, and, therefore, we have chosen a system that treats everyone equally,” Aasland said.

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

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