The Hague wants to pay energy bill in hardship cases

The Netherlands plans to take over households’ electricity and gas bills this winter if they can’t pay them because of skyrocketing rates. The government is planning a several-hundred-million-euro relief fund to save about a million households from having their electricity and gas cut off, public broadcaster NOS reported Monday, citing government sources. For people who got into serious payment difficulties, the state would pick up the bill. Until now, these people ended up in debt counseling, which also cost the state a lot of money.

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