Approval in the north for the federal relief package

Kiel (dpa / lno) – In Schleswig-Holstein there is support from the government and opposition camp for the third package of the federal government to relieve citizens and companies. Prime Minister Daniel Günther sees an important step in the right direction. The CDU politician told the German Press Agency on Sunday that there were finally proposals on the table that could be discussed. But there is also a need for discussion.

The agreed energy price brake is more than vague and linked to incalculable conditions. “Here I would have wished for a clear proposal for our citizens,” said Günther. The details of the overall package will have to be looked at very closely. “This applies in particular to the relief of the middle class,” said the head of government. The promised 1.5 billion euros for public transport were not enough.

Günther expressly welcomed the intention of the federal government to curb the sharp rise in network charges and thus relieve consumers. “We have long called for a reform of the network fee system,” he explained. It is good that the federal government is now giving in here. The Prime Minister was pleased with the decision to include pensioners, students and trainees in the payment of the energy price flat rate. “It was about time,” said Günther.

“The package has many good building blocks that work in a targeted manner,” said Finance Minister Monika Heinold (Greens). This includes relieving electricity customers. She also welcomes the fact that the federal government has accepted the proposal from Kiel to extend the home office flat rate. “We will now look at the package in detail and examine what effect it will have on the state budget and what additional measures are necessary at state level.”

SPD state leader Serpil Midyatli praised the focus on the people who are having a particularly difficult time. Large excess profits from energy suppliers would be skimmed off and part of the new relief would be financed in this way. “That ensures justice,” says Midyatli.

The SPD parliamentary group leader in the state parliament, Thomas Losse-Müller, sees growing expectations of the energy summit in Schleswig-Holstein on Tuesday. “The country needs quick decisions.” The implementation of the now expanded housing benefit is the task of the state and municipalities. The energy summit must bring concrete agreements with municipalities and charities on how the country will help everyone to get the support they need.

“The third relief package is indeed massive and a good compromise to relieve tens of millions of people,” said FDP faction leader Christopher Vogt. “The state government must now support this package in the Bundesrat and finally launch its own relief measures,” demanded Vogt. For example, the government should not continue to block a reduction in day-care center fees, nor an extension of the lifetime of nuclear power plants. “The new state government’s refusal to work is completely unacceptable and must come to an end now.”

In view of rising prices, the traffic light coalition in Berlin had agreed on a third support package worth more than 65 billion euros. The first two packages together had a volume of 30 billion euros.

With the third package, pensioners should receive 300 euros as a one-off energy price lump sum, students and trainees 200 euros. In the future, a discounted price will apply for basic electricity consumption. The goal for a new nationwide public transport ticket is a price range between 49 and 69 euros per month. Standard rates for the needy and child benefit should increase.

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