The Ypres city council is giving Ypres with a limited income a financial boost to pay the energy bill.
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In the past year, the gas and electricity bill increased enormously. “A lot of families have already found themselves in financial problems due to the corona pandemic,” says Ypres alderman for Welfare Eva Ryde (N-VA). “The increase in energy bills makes it even more difficult for many. New support measures have recently been introduced by the federal government. Such as a VAT reduction on electricity and gas, a one-off energy check of 100 euros and an extension of the extended social rate. However, for many vulnerable families this is not enough. Families receive advance bills that are sometimes three times higher than before and there are concerns about the settlement.”
Looking for solutions
The city council is responding to this by granting an extra temporary energy premium to people who are not entitled to the social rate for gas and electricity, but who are still at risk of getting into trouble.
“It concerns residents of Ypres in collective debt settlement or in debt counseling with the city and families with a limited income that is lower than the income limit for increased compensation. The financial contribution amounts to one third of the total cost of the energy bill for heating, with a maximum of 500 euros.”
“With this energy premium we want to give Ypres in financial difficulties an extra boost. At the same time, we want to inform citizens with great concerns: feel free to take the step to our Welfare service. We are just there to look for all possible solutions together.”
Info in city magazine and online
Anyone who believes they qualify for this financial support can contact the Welfare Service on the toll-free number 0800 9 8900 or via [email protected] “Bring the latest annual gas and electricity statement to your appointment, along with a recent tax assessment notice. Applications can be made until December 31, 2022 and within the available budget. All information was bundled on the city website and in the city magazine, which will be sent to every resident of Ypres this week.”