Despite the monstrous-sounding sum of 28 billion euros, not a single cent ended up in the accounts of those affected by August. “And even the majority of the measures that are currently being advertised as ‘short-term’ will only take effect in the course of next year with the tax equalization,” says Kickl, who also criticized broad labeling fraud. Because many of the measures presented today had already been decided before inflation, such as the increase in the family bonus, or were necessary independently of inflation, such as the abolition of cold progression.
“First you rip people off with enormous additional revenue from VAT, which represents an additional ‘inflation tax’ on petrol and diesel, electricity and gas as well as on every single purchase of bread, meat or vegetables. The state fills the money store to the bursting point with this black-green stalling policy before it hesitantly starts distributing alms. This is a mockery of the massively suffering population,” said Kickl.
SPÖ MP Kai Jan Krainer criticized the fact that the excess profits of large energy companies are not taxed at a higher rate. He speaks of a “drop in the bucket” and writes the government a “not enough” in the certificate.
“The federal government is taking the right steps with the relief package. We are glad that our call for a postponement of CO2 pricing has been heard. Above all, the energy cost subsidy, the electricity price compensation, the abolition of the cold progression and the reduction of the non-wage labor costs are targeted and permanent measures against inflation. Now it is important that all measures are implemented quickly and reach people and companies quickly,” says Kurt Egger, General of the Economic Association, welcoming the relief package presented today.
“This federal government has fallen out of time. During the biggest wave of inflation since the introduction of the euro, turquoise-green is idly watching the galloping rental costs. The callousness in the face of the increasing despair of broad sections of the population no longer even allows the spark of social conscience to be seen,” says SPÖ housing spokeswoman Ruth Becher.