A broad solution that will help people with their electricity bills will be presented in “a very short time,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) announced. It will cost billions, he stated.
“We will have a broad solution that ensures that the state, which is getting extraordinary revenues in this electricity crisis, gives money back to households, which face extraordinary challenges,” Støre told the Norwegian parliament (Storting) on Wednesday.
The government has already announced its plans to increase housing benefits, social assistance, and support to students. In addition, work is underway on a new scheme to provide electricity support to ordinary households.
“But that scheme must be solid. We need to develop a scheme that can work, and that can work quickly and start in December-January. In the course of hours, or a day or two, this scheme will be in place,” Støre announced.
“It will be in the billions,” he added.
Linked to electricity bills
When asked by Tina Bru (H) about how the support will reach Norway’s inhabitants, Støre explained that it would be linked to people’s electricity bills.
“This is a good channel,” he said, adding that the money could be available just over the New Year.
The government also wants to have a dialogue with the electricity companies to look at the possibilities for postponing payment, he stated.
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