According to NRK, the government will increase housing benefits and social assistance, to ease the burden for those most affected by the high electricity prices.
The government proposes that the housing allowance be increased by NOK 1,500 from December to March. In addition, there is NOK 150 per person living in the home. according to NRK this will cost 500 million kroner in total.
Beneficiaries of social assistance who do not receive housing benefit will receive a separate pot of 100 million.
– We propose to increase the housing allowance sharply through the winter. This means that we quickly reach many of those with the worst advice even before Christmas, so that they can handle the electricity costs, says Minister of Local Government Bjørn Arild Gram to the channel.
High electricity prices
This winter, the spot price for electricity has set new records. Last week, the government parties and SV joined forces to find measures that can ease the burden of high electricity bills.
Representatives of both the Conservatives, the MDGs and the Green Party stated to TV 2 that they thought the proposal that was then presented was too bad.
– This does not hold. The government’s new measures apply to less than 100,000 households receiving housing benefit. There are very many who today do not receive this support who are also struggling hard, says FRP’s party leader Sylvi Listhaug in a press release on Wednesday morning.
– The government proposes to spend 600 million, at the same time as the state earns up to 30 billion extra at high prices. It is incomprehensible that they have lingered for days and come up with this. There are very many ordinary people who are hit hard by the record high electricity prices and who are afraid that it will be difficult to pay electricity bills and afford to celebrate Christmas who do not get help from the government, Listhaug continues.
While Norwegians waited for the government to come up with new electricity measures, voters gave Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Labor Party) and SP leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum clear feedback on the efforts so far.
In Kantar’s December poll for TV 2, the Labor Party fell the most of all parties, by as much as 3.4 percentage points from the previous poll.
The party ended up at 23.4 percent, and is no longer the country’s largest party.
Nor does it go the way of the Center Party. They fell 1.4 percentage points and landed at 10.7 percent.