TALLINN – The Estonian state is coming to the aid of vulnerable groups in the energy war, including by paying a cost of living allowance of 50 euros to elderly residents and families with children in November, Reform Party MP Onne Pillak said during a debate on energy subsidies in the Riigikogu on Monday.
"In November, the groups most at risk of poverty, namely pensioners and families with children, will receive targeted assistance. The 50-euro cost of living allowance was paid automatically to pensioners together with this month's pension, and families with children will get the same amount with the family allowance for November," Pillak said.
"We, with all our people, are in an energy war. This is not specific for Estonia. The skyrocketing energy prices and accompanying dissatisfaction have hit the whole of Europe," Pillak said.
She explained that the cost of living allowance of 50 euros comes as part of the government's ambitious package of measures, which also includes the option to buy electricity as a universal service, compensating household consumers for 50 euros per megawatt of the price of electricity, reimbursing household consumers of gas 80 percent of the gas price exceeding 80 euros, up to a consumption of 2,600 kilowatt-hours per month, and reimbursing household consumers of district heating 80 percent of the price exceeding 80 euros per megawatt-hour.
On top of that come measures such as the increase in the average pension to 704 euros a month next year, exempting the average pension from income tax and raising the basic exemption to 654 euros a month.