Left: New relief package full of unanswered questions

Magdeburg (dpa/sa) – Saxony-Anhalt’s left still sees many open questions after the announcements by the traffic light coalition for the 65 billion euro relief package. “Nothing has been clarified on the electricity market, nothing about the 9-euro ticket, nothing about the galloping prices,” said state chairwoman Janina Böttger on Sunday in Magdeburg. “This federal government leaves people in the dark. Without an affordable energy base for every household, millions will have a winter of worries, when and how much electricity will be available is an open question.”

The coalition of SPD, Greens and FDP has done some work on the one-off payments for students and pensioners that had previously been forgotten. “What remains, however, are the completely inadequate sums of the energy flat rate and the announced standard rate, which have long since been eaten up by inflation.”

In view of rising prices, the coalition of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wants to relieve citizens with a third support package worth more than 65 billion euros. The first two relief packages together had a volume of 30 billion euros. One of the plans that has been made is that after the working population, retirees should also receive a one-off energy price flat rate of 300 euros on December 1st. Students and trainees are to receive a one-off payment of 200 euros.

According to the traffic light coalition, a reduced price should apply for a certain basic consumption of electricity in the future. For an additional consumption beyond that, the price would not be limited. In addition, the traffic light coalition wants to create a new nationwide public transport ticket. The goal is a price range between 49 and 69 euros per month. The federal states still have to agree to the financing. In addition, an increase in child benefit and higher standard rates for the needy are planned.

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