Another possibility of benefiting from support is in preparation: part of the population could receive electricity for free or at a very low price.

Another way to get help

The mayor of Panevėžys district is open: the government has been struggling with the energy project for the second year and no clarity appears.

“The system itself is very complex. I don’t know why this is done. We need to create a community, we need to take out loans, we need to count people who need social support,” he told LNK the mayor of Panevėžys district, Antanas Pocius.

Andrius Viržaitis, formerly of Velžio, is of the same opinion. In his neighborhood, only half of welfare recipients take aid and benefits seriously, while the other half of people living in poverty clearly abuse them.

“They use every possible allowance, every possible support, and to work themselves or at least show the desire to earn this money in an orderly and honest way – there really is no such thing,” he claimed.

Even today, those on social assistance benefit from housing for a minimum rent, heating and water are compensated, but some of them still have debts of 5,000 euros, therefore the appearance of another aid, that of electricity, will not eliminate poverty.

“Those who believe that these debts are large enough, in reality it will not affect them,” said A. Viržaitis.

“If you don’t want to work, you don’t need electricity. Earn electricity yourself if you need it,” residents also shared their views.

It is true that people receiving social assistance, who cannot survive without help, are just waiting for another opportunity to benefit from it.

“Would you live with 190?” If it weren’t for the children, it would be bad,” complains Gražina, a resident of Velzi.

Electricity prices

The decisions target a previously forgotten group of people

The government justifies itself by saying that it is not really providing support for electricity because of the elections, but because the poor have not had access to it until now.

“So far, most measures have aimed to generate consumers, that is, those who have the funds to buy power plants on their roof or remotely, as well as businesses. people in need have been forgotten,” said Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys.

Dainius Kreivys

For the sake of free electricity, municipalities will have to strive to create energy associations and build power plants with renewable resources in their city – solar, wind, hybrid or use an isolated solar plant.

“At least 30 percent of the power plant must be allocated to people in need,” said D. Kreivys.

Joniškis has already installed solar power plants on all administrative buildings in the municipality. He promises to use new support, because there is a need.

“Municipal companies that provide water supply, that transport residents and that use electric buses – their needs are also increasing,” said Joniškis Mayor Vitalijus Gailius.

Electricity could be free for some poor people

Municipalities will have to allocate at least 1 kilowatt of electricity to a poor person. Theoretically, if it is an average user who consumes 1000 kilowatt hours per year, the electricity will be free. If it exceeds, he will be paid.

“They will continue to pay according to the current general rate,” said Finance Minister Gintarė Skaistė.

Gintare Skaiste

It is estimated that 130,000 residents will demand free or almost free electricity.

“According to the Law on Monetary Social Assistance, we see that on average, around 69,000 people per month receive monetary social assistance,” said Minister of Social Security and Labor Monika Navickienė.

Monika Navikienė

Skeptics doubt new solutions

The start has already been given for applications from energy companies. It is not yet known how many municipalities will benefit from this aid, but hundreds of millions have already been set aside for this purpose in the state budget.

“The total amount amounts to 206 million euros. Half of them are grants, the other half are loans. Each financial instrument that will go to a specific municipality will consist of the following parts – that is- i.e. 50 and 50. There will be no distribution according to which the former will receive more subsidies, the latter more loans,” said G. Skaistė.

Skeptics say the word “free” here is just a camouflage, because all taxpayers will pay for the poor’s electricity.

“If someone provides electricity to someone for free, their costs will be borne by others. I think such manipulations and exceptions are not necessary,” said Seimas member Algirdas Sys.

Algirdas Sys

“What suits everyone does not usually affect one or the other segment. Here we have purified the most sensitive group,” said Navickienė.

Several dozen energy companies have already been created in Lithuania.

You can find the full report on the LNK portal:

Source: The Delfi





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