What do two amendments by the Democratic Party and the M5S provide for the relaunch decree on the cost of unpaid electricity and gas bills
Government like Robin Hood. In order to help those in difficulty with the payment of bills, amendments signed by Pd and M5S appear in the Relaunch decree which risk increasing the system charges relating to electricity and gas to financially support those who have been overwhelmed by the coronavirus crisis.
Consumer associations protest and ask for the amendments to be canceled. Let's go step by step.
WHAT THE AMENDMENTS FORESEE
The amendments in question are signed by the deputies Fausto Raciti (Pd) and Teresa Manzo (M5S) respectively and are those relating to article 28 of the decree, which would introduce art. 28 bis (n. 28.012 and 28.031): the rules, explains Libero , would introduce an increase in the bill charges to distribute the resources among those who can't pay the bills.
In particular, the amendments would introduce a deduction from the personal income tax (personal income tax) for those in economic difficulty. However, the measure would be financed with the provision of a new component of the system charges.
ALREADY HIGH CHARGES
In short, the charges that, according to the latest official data relating to 2018, would have already reached € 15.6 billion, should once again be raised, explains Il Giornale .
NATIONAL CONSUMER UNION: WITHDRAW AMENDMENTS
The National Union of Consumers is contrary to the measure: “We ask that the amendments be withdrawn and that the general system charges and the Terna component on the electricity bills and gas ”, the Energy Manager of the National Consumer Union, Marco Vignola, explains to Milanofinanza.it . “Once again, money is being asked of consumers, asking them to play the public role of subsidizing and financing those in difficulty. Instead of making a contribution to those who are in difficulty for the State, resorting to general taxation, the aid will end up being borne by the other consumers who in this period, between layoffs or lowered shutters, certainly do not navigate in gold, raising their bills. And to think that at the beginning of the emergency, the suspension of all electricity and gas payments had even been proposed. A demagogic proposal to say the least which would have thrown the system into a tailspin. Of course we are now exaggerating in the opposite direction ”, added Vignola.
THE CODACONS ON THE FOOT OF WAR
Even the Codacons protest . For the consumer association, in fact, it is a "real scam to the community, which discharges to consumers the task of the State to support the most needy nuclei".
Italians would pay higher charges "completely unconsciously", explains Codacons, who adds that "an artifice that thwarts the fall in tariffs guaranteed by the drop in oil, would be implemented, introducing a real hidden tax that would weigh on invoices" energy consumption leading to an increase that consumers would not be aware of ”.
ART: SMALL CONTRIBUTION TO CONSUMERS
According to the Reseller and Trader of Electricity Association (ARTE), which proposed the amendments under discussion to all political forces, the final contribution of consumers will be negligible.
"The compensation mechanism envisaged in the amendment in favor of consumers for the refreshment of electricity and gas payments, hypothesizes in favor of Italian families and businesses, unable to cope with electricity and gas invoices, to offset the debt in the towards the energy supplier through the transfer of a tax credit recognized to them by virtue of this particular situation, "explains Diego Pellegrino, spokesman for the association, which represents 110 operators in the free market.
“The resources covering the mechanism, as proposed in concert with the Consumer Associations – explains Pellegrino – could and should come from the ad hoc establishment of a Solidarity Fund. In the remote possibility of channeling "pro bono" resources and in any case pending a feasibility assessment, in the urgency of finding immediate and truly applicable solutions, to cover the unpaid portion of the system charges, the analysis conducted assumed that all end customers, regardless of the voltage level that characterize their contracts (low voltage, medium voltage, high and very high voltage), must contribute negligibly ". The measure, according to the calculations of the association, should have a potential impact on the typical domestic customer of around 11 euros per year.
This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/energia/bollette-luce-e-gas-perche-ci-sono-scintille-politiche-sul-decreto-rilancio/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bollette-luce-e-gas-perche-ci-sono-scintille-politiche-sul-decreto-rilancio on Tue, 09 Jun 2020 12:48:13 +0000.