Municipalities want to get rid of the energy surcharge and see a role for The Hague

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Municipalities want to get rid of the energy surcharge and see a role for The Hague

The municipalities are not national implementing organisations, which is why the energy allowance must again be paid from the central government from next year. This is stated by the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG).

The municipalities are not national implementing organisations, which is why the energy allowance must again be paid from the central government from next year. This is stated by the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG). (ANP/ Hollandse Hoogte/ Sabine Joosten)

In order to ease the pain of high (energy) prices for low-income households after 2023 as well, the government is investigating the possibility of creating an energy surcharge. The VNG is pleased with a letter to the House of Representatives at the end of February stating that the cabinet is considering regulating the energy surcharge through the surcharge system.

‘No Crisis’

The VNG supports this set-up, partly because, according to the municipalities, there is no longer a crisis, and because it believes that a national sustainable income policy is needed from the national government. The VNG emphasizes that municipalities are part of the government, but with their own local role for residents in a vulnerable position. ‘Municipalities should not be deployed as national implementing organisations.’ The VNG writes this to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.

The VNG does not think it is realistic to expect municipalities to have to implement the scheme for a third time after the energy crisis in 2022 and 2023. After all, it is a temporary arrangement and, moreover, it requires a lot of effort from the municipalities, she writes.


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