Purchase test: “The end of the benefit of the social tariff can mean up to a sixfold increase in the gas bill” – Politique Economique

With energy prices still at very high levels, Test Achats is urging the government on Wednesday to extend the social tariff to help households “hard hit” by the health crisis, which is scheduled to end on March 31. “Otherwise, many households would fall into very real energy poverty,” the organization warns.

that social tariff corresponds to a favorable tariff for electricity and/or natural gas. It is identical throughout Belgium, regardless of the energy supplier or grid operator. Since the government expanded the target group, around 900,000 households have benefited.

Some providers are already declaring that they will not “take back” their old contract from people who were able to benefit from the social tariff will force them to enter into a new contract at the current pricesvery high‘ explains Test Achats.

Towards a sixfold increase in the gas bill

He is impossible to predict how high energy prices will be in April. But judging by the current prices, the end of the social tariff benefit can represent to the end a sixfold increase in the gas bill.”We ask the government to immediately decide to extend this measure to reassure the many households affected.‘ adds the consumer association.

Many families left behind

We also recall that many middle-class families who cannot benefit from either the social tariff or the energy voucher are being left behind by our government today. We demand that in addition to the extension of the extended social tariff other urgent measures adopted to help them, such as a temporary reduction in VAT on an incompressible part of consumption.

Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen) spoke out in favor of such an extension until the end of June and sent the request to the government, her cabinet responded. This extension is intended to prevent households from being faced with a sudden increase in the bill, which could add up to 2,000 euros over the course of the year. He also recommends a measure in favor of small and medium-sized businesses. This implies an intelligent reduction in VAT and excise duties.

The social tariff corresponds to a favorable tariff for electricity and/or natural gas. It is identical throughout Belgium, regardless of the energy supplier or grid operator. Since the government expanded the target group, around 900,000 households have benefited. “Some providers are already saying that they will not accept people who were able to benefit from the social tariff to ‘regain’ their old contract, forcing them to sign up for a new contract at the currently very high prices,” explains Test Agate. “It is not possible to predict how high the energy prices will be in April. However, based on current prices, the end of the social tariff could mean a six-fold increase in gas bills.” “We would also like to point out that many middle-class families who cannot benefit from the social tariff or the energy voucher are left behind by our government today. In addition to the extension of the extended social tariff, we demand that other urgent measures be taken to help them, such as: B. A temporary reduction in VAT on an incompressible portion of consumption. Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen) spoke out in favor of such an extension until the end of June and sent the request to the government, her cabinet responded. This extension is intended to prevent households from being faced with a sudden increase in the bill, which could add up to 2,000 euros over the course of the year. She also recommends a measure in favor of small and medium-sized businesses. This implies an intelligent reduction in VAT and excise duties.

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