As oil prices continue to rise, in Belgium, politicians have come up with a plan to take pressure off consumers.Each household is to receive the sum of 75 euros by the end of the year toward their fuel bills. The Liberals are also suggesting people should be able to pay their bills in installments. Finance minister Didier Reynders says: “There’s more money in the state coffers due to the increase of oil prices and rising VAT, so in a way we would like to give something back to people.” But the Liberals’ partners in the ruling coalition, the Socialists, are opposed to these plans. Vice premier and justice minister Laurette Onkelinx says: “The idea sounds nice but the Liberals don’t understand our requests. Seventy five euros would go to every household, including the richest, people like Reynders and prime minister Verhofstadt would also benefit. But for them, that’s just the cost of a fancy vase in their country home. What we want to do is give that money to people who really need it.” Over the border in France, the government has announced plans for similar pay-outs to the most vulnerable to alleviate the rising cost of living.
Belgium offers to redistribute oil money