Rising energy prices: Association of cities wants higher subsidies

Released on 11.10. 2021

  • “We are seeing an explosion in energy prices, especially for gas,” says Städtebund general manager Gerd Landsberg. Photo: David-Wolfgang Ebener

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The rising prices for energy are causing concern for the city association and consumer advocates. How should financially weak families pay?

Berlin (dpa) – With a view to the further increasing prices for electricity, gas and petrol, the Association of Towns and Municipalities is demanding higher heating cost subsidies for low-wage earners from the federal government.

) «We are seeing an explosion in energy prices, especially for gas. It is clear that energy should not only be something for the rich. The next federal government is therefore called upon to support financially weak families and to mitigate the explosion in heating costs, ”said Gerd Landsberg, the association’s general manager, of the“ Bild ”newspaper.

Landsberg warned at the same time higher costs for the municipalities. The sharp rise in gas prices would “hit many municipalities hard – through higher energy costs for buildings and higher heating cost subsidies for Hartz IV recipients”. According to him, the municipalities expect a deficit of between 8 and 8.5 billion euros this year. It could be similarly high next year.

The board of directors of the Federal Association of Consumer Centers, Klaus Müller, is also concerned about the rising energy and petrol prices. If the increase continues unchecked, threatens a “dramatic social imbalance”, he told the “Tagesspiegel”. The president of the social association VdK, Verena Bentele, spoke out in favor of adjusting the housing allowance for people with low incomes to the rising energy costs every year. In view of the immense price increases for energy, the state must create a social balance for the poor.

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