Expensive gas surcharge: Are there property levies or price caps coming?

Germany will also have to adjust to even more savings, announced the Greens politician. “Companies have to check whether they can throttle the heating and air conditioning in the offices and workshops. The same applies to public buildings, golf clubs or fun pools,” said Göring-Eckardt: “We should be aware that the necessary restrictions are due to the war just the beginning. The climate crisis will require many more restrictions from us.” Read the complete interview here.

The Left Party has demanded a cap on prices as a reaction to the gas levy. “We say very clearly that we need a gas price cap,” said Vice Party leader Lorenz Gösta Beutin on ZDF’s “Morgenmagazin”. What is needed is a relatively cheap basic contingent that gas customers can obtain. The party wants to finance the relief through an excess profit tax for energy companies.

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Expert: social benefits must increase

“We now have such exorbitantly high gas prices that many people can no longer afford it,” Beutin said out. In addition, there are high prices for rent and food. “And now on top of that something like a gas surcharge – that brings people to their livelihood.”

In addition, an energy flat rate for low-income households and higher rates for Hartz IV and Bafög would be needed. “Due to the inflation, we see that these amounts are no longer sufficient,” he added.

Marcel Fratzscher, head of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), explained that the social benefits should be per person be permanently increased by 64 euros. The same amount is also required for households with an income of less than 40. Euro per year.



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52371Dürr: “We want to abolish the cold progression”

The left wants to finance relief by skimming off profits from energy companies. “The extra profit from EON and RWE alone amounts to around five billion euros,” explained Jan Korte, the first parliamentary manager of the left-wing faction. “With an excess profit contribution, you could immediately 125 all 40 million households in this country around 125 Relieve the euro or just the lower third of all households by 375 Euro.”

FDP parliamentary group leader Christian Dürr announced support for people who are threatened with gas or electricity cuts because they can no longer pay their energy costs. “We should now work together with the energy suppliers to find solutions for those who are having difficulties,” Dürr told the “Rheinische Post”.

In addition, he referred to previous commitments by Finance Minister Lindner. “Christian Lindner has announced relief for low earners and for the working middle class,” said the parliamentary group leader. “We want to abolish the cold progression and let the commuter flat rate take effect from the 1st kilometer, so that those who take the bus and train are also relieved.”

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