Hike on welfare levy to increase power bill

Public welfare contributions levied through Public Power Corporation electricity bills are due to rise as of this month, meaning that households consuming up to 2,000 kilowatts per quarter will have to pay 15.70 euros instead of the previous 11.77 euros toward social services.

The levy is used to pay for subsidized power for consumers living on remote islands, as well as reduced rates for large families and vulnerable social groups such as people with disabilities, the unemployed etc.