The JMC for the heating allowance is expected to be issued on Monday and the relevant platform for submitting applications will open on the evening of the same day, or at the latest on Tuesday morning, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras told ANT1, explaining that the goal is to The advance payment of the allowance to the beneficiaries will start on December 10.
At the same time, the minister said that there will be an order in order for the funeral expenses to be unrestricted. Regarding the case of the low-income woman, in whom the credit of money from funeral expenses was confiscated, she stated that “I asked AADE and the truth is that the funeral expenses are not a problem because they are made by EFKA. But here there was a problem, because the payment was made from an account of the Ministry of Civil Protection and was made into an account that was frozen due to debts. It is a problem and we show the maximum possible social prudence and so we will pass an order, so that the funeral expenses in any case are unrestrained “.
Regarding the growth rate this year, Mr. Staikouras hinted that the final text of the budget will provide GDP growth of about 7% compared to 6.1% recorded in the draft. He specifically stated that “in the final draft budget that will be submitted to Parliament in a few days, the estimate for development will be close to the percentage of the estimates of the European Commission”.
Asked whether a dividend will be given to categories of citizens due to the revision of the growth rate, he noted that the priority for the government at the moment is to deal with the energy crisis and whether it will require another package of support measures in the near future. Also, as he said, there is the health crisis, in the face of which the financial staff is and must be ready to assist the health system with whatever it needs. “At the moment I do not have the opportunity to talk about budgetary margins, as we have before us these two crises, which are a priority of the government,” he said. He added, however, that any budgetary margin that would arise would be allocated to certain groups, as had been done in the past.
Regarding inflationary pressures, he stated that “at the moment inflation is of the order of 3.4% in Greece, ie the increase in products by 3.4% compared to the same period last year is high. It is one of the lowest rates in Europe, but it is high and it is a problem. In Greece, the disposable income in the third quarter of 2021 is 7.1%, so there is more money left to the citizen, due to a series of measures that have been taken due to the coronavirus, more than this increase in prices. “Measures have already been taken, but we are also taking other support measures, amounting to over 600 million euros.”