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Government allocates €30 million to reduce workers' fuel costs

Illustration picture shows a fuel pump at a filling station in Wilrijk, Tuesday 18 January 2022. BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM
05:50 04/04/2022

The Belgian government has decided to release €30 million to reduce fuel costs for workers who need their own car for business trips, reports Le Soir. The move, which will help people like social workers and home helpers, was announced by the minister of labour and economy Pierre-Yves Dermagne as part of wider budget plans.

The government will give priority to workers who have no choice but to use their own cars. The government also wants to encourage the use of public transport, said Minister Dermagne.

Addressing the problems caused to this sector of the workforce by rising fuel prices, Dermagne said that “some must take a medical certificate because they no longer have enough money to refuel and go to work."

In addition, €10.5 million will be made available for food aid, which represents a 25% increase in the budget for this policy.

The upgrading of specialised nursing staff will receive €23 million.

 

Written by Nick Amies