Conner Rousseau (Vooruit) wants permanently reduced VAT on gas and electricity – Belgium

If Vooruit leader Conner Rousseau had his way, VAT on gas and electricity would be fixed at 6% “once and for all”, he claimed on Friday evening May 1st, Flemish Socialists. The party also wants to extend the extended social tariff on gas and electricity for as long as necessary.

For the first time since his election in November 2019, Conner Rousseau was able to head sp.a delivered his Labor Day speech to an audience of activists. Contrary to tradition, the event did not take place at the Vooruit in Ghent, but at the party’s new headquarters on Boulevard de l’Empereur in Brussels.

Conner Rousseau largely did praised the merits of the welfare state and highlighted the work of the Vooruit ministers in the federal government Frank Vandenbroucke and Meryame Kitir. “There has never been a government that has invested so much in purchasing power,” he said, “but people don’t feel it because prices have gone up a lot.” So more needs to be done. “That’s what it’s all about today, May 1st: fight for more purchasing power!

Conner Rousseau wants extend the extended social tariff on gas and electricity for as long as necessary and make the 6% sales tax permanent. “Why? Because gas and electricity are necessities, not luxuries.” Automatic indexation of wages, pensions and allowances must also be fully maintained, he added. “Take your paws off our index finger,” he warned those who thought differently. “Stay away!” Purchasing power must be further protected by taxing the excess profits of big business more heavily, also repeated Conner Rousseau, taking up a suggestion already made on Thursday.

For the first time since his election in November 2019 to head the sp.a, renamed Vooruit, Conner Rousseau was able to deliver his Labor Day speech to an audience of activists. Contrary to tradition, the event did not take place at the Vooruit in Ghent, but at the party’s new headquarters on Boulevard de l’Empereur in Brussels. Conner Rousseau has widely extolled the merits of the welfare state and highlighted the work of the federal government’s Vooruit ministers, Frank Vandenbroucke and Meryame Kitir. “There has never been a government that has invested so much in purchasing power,” he said, “but people don’t feel it because prices have gone up a lot.” So more needs to be done. “That’s what it’s all about today, May 1st: fighting for more purchasing power!” Conner Rousseau wants to extend the extended social tariff on gas and electricity for as long as necessary and make the 6% VAT permanent. “Why? Because gas and electricity are necessities, not luxuries.” Automatic indexation of wages, pensions and allowances must also be fully maintained, he added. “Take your paws off our index finger,” he warned those who thought differently. “Stay away!” Purchasing power must be further protected by taxing excess profits of large companies more heavily, Conner Rousseau repeated, taking up a suggestion already made on Thursday.

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