CSU wants “winter housing benefit” – domestic politics

CSU wants “winter housing benefit” – domestic politics

The CSU wants to cushion the consequences of inflation (7.9 percent) and skyrocketing energy prices. “Many people can no longer afford normal life,” says a 15-point paper that the party executive decided on Monday (June 20) and that BILD is available.

And further: “We must act now. It is the Federal Government’s top priority to ensure that the people in our country do not become poorer.” The party executive then lists 15 measures with which the price explosion is to be stopped and inflation combated.

One idea: a “winter housing benefit”. This is to be paid – limited to six months – to households that are particularly under pressure, similar to the regular housing benefit.

According to the CSU, VAT on staple foods should be suspended until the inflation rate has returned to normal.

The commuter flat rate should be 38 cents from the first kilometer. In addition, it should be dynamically adjusted in order to react to rising fuel prices. Something similar is already in a paper by the working group on climate protection and energy of the Union parliamentary group (“Energetically ahead”, is available to BILD).

Among other things, tax cuts for energy products are required. The electricity tax is to be reduced to the European minimum. The energy tax on heating oil and gas is also to be reduced.

The energy money launched by the government is also to be paid out to pensioners and students, caring relatives or recipients of parental allowance.

Akws run longer would be the best relief measure

In addition, the CSU renewed the Union’s demand for a temporary extension of the life of nuclear power plants. The Union had positioned itself here weeks ago (BILD reported). According to the paper, the federal government is risking a blackout with massive consequences for the economy and society.

CSU expert Anja Weisgerber accuses the government of “not playing with open cards” here. As with gas, the procurement of uranium for additional fuel elements could be diversified, Weisgerber told BILD. “Countries like Canada, Kazakhstan, Australia or South Africa could be considered for this. Other countries using nuclear power inside and outside of Europe are showing us how. So the global market is well positioned and we are not dependent on Russia.”

Vice Chancellor and Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) ended the discussion about an extension with the argument that fuel rods could not be delivered on time. The FDP, on the other hand, would be open to a temporary extension of kilns. However, Habeck had announced that more coal-fired power plants should be used again to generate electricity.

“The fact that Green Federal Ministers of all people now want to bring more coal-fired power plants online is completely unsound in terms of climate policy,” complains Weisgerber.

With a view to the energy supply, the CSU is also calling for an “LNG turbo” through simplified approvals for the important liquid gas terminals and connections to existing terminals in the south.

The rapid expansion of renewable energies is also to be promoted by “simplifying and accelerating approval procedures”.

FDP General Secretary Bijan Djir-Sarai reacted cautiously to the opposition’s requests for relief: “With the relief packages, the federal government has launched various measures amounting to 34 billion euros to cushion the increased costs. But it is clear that the state cannot compensate for rising prices in the long term,” he told BILD.

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