Finance minister Tadeusz Kościński announced that the government will present the assumptions of the anti-inflationary shield this week, most likely on Thursday. Let us remind you that the politicians have been announcing the support package for Poles for almost a month.
- PiS was seriously scared of inflation, which, according to recent readings, has already reached 6.8 percent.
- The anti-inflation shield, which the government has been presenting for a few weeks now, is to be the answer to the ubiquitous rise in prices
- According to the announcement of the finance minister, it is to happen this week. According to Tadeusz Kościński – perhaps still on Thursday
- The changes proposed by PiS are to include, among others VAT reduction on some goods and services, energy vouchers and reduction of margins applied by the refinery
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6.8 percent inflation is just an average. There are goods and services that have increased in price much faster. For example, gas for cars. Here prices are more than 53 percent higher. It is not much better with other fuels. Here, for a year, it became more expensive by over a third.
Much faster than average The prices of bread (9.4%), oil (over 10%) and several types of meat are also rising. For example, beef and poultry are 9.1 and 18.8 percent more expensive, respectively. Pork is cheaper.
In addition, the Central Statistical Office recorded over 18 percent an increase in waste collection fees, as well as significant increases in electricity, gas and fuel prices.
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PiS will respond with a shield
PiS noted that all this bothers Poles more and more. And since Poles, so also voters. So much so that inflation expectations among the public are the worst in 25 years.
Moreover, there is no shortage of those who blame the high prices on the government of Mateusz Morawiecki and the actions of the National Bank of Poland. Few, in turn, see the European Union guilty, which the rulers often try to suggest, e.g. in the context of rising energy prices.
So the rulers decided to start reducing the effects of inflation, because they see that this does not help their survey results, and the price increase – contrary to forecasts – is not so temporary. They resorted to a proven pandemic method – they will build another “shield”.
After “anti-crisis” or “financial”, it is time for “anti-inflationary”. Its assumptions are still unknown, although the first mentions appeared at the beginning of November.
Piotr Patkowski, Deputy Minister of Finance, started. Later, such plans were confirmed by the government spokesman, who announced on November 9 that the details will be known “next week”. That is, the one who is long behind us. Another statement is again Patkowski, who on November 17 in the Sejm promised that the facts would appear “within a week”.
There will be vouchers for Poles
At the same time, the deputy finance minister revealed what is to be included in the latest shield.
– It will be an energy voucher that is to amortize the rising costs of heat, electricity, gas and petrol. We will not link it with the accounts of Poles, Poles will, as part of their own decisions, reflect on what to allocate these funds to. We want to amortize these costs, which are now rising, but we do not want to tie Poles’ hands. It will be an amount depending on the size of the household, paid monthly – said Piotr Patkowski.
– It will be, inter alia, support for people who will feel the effects of increased energy prices. Next year there will be solutions that citizens will actually feel directly when it comes to helping to fight inflation – Government spokesman Piotr Muller added.
Therefore, the government admits directly that adding money is to be one of the basic elements of the shield. Not only the energy poor, but also pensioners, as the new climate minister Anna Moscow said. PiS uses well-known solutions: it simply sprinkles Poles with money in their pockets.
According to experts, however, such a move could backfire. We wrote about it in Business Insider Polska.
What else besides the vouchers? The government is also planning a statutory reduction of refining margins. All this to minimize the increase in fuel prices at stations.
On Monday, the prime minister revealed that the government was planning to cut the excise tax on energy carriers. However, he did not provide details. It is worth emphasizing, however, that just such activities will not work as pro-inflationary as energy vouchers.
In turn, on Wednesday, “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” informed that the government is also considering major changes in VAT rates. All this so that the Poles do not feel the increases so much.