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Sztojcsev, Iván

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Világgazdaság - Hungary | 22/03/2013

Orbán secures favour of poorest tenants

Since the beginning of the year the Hungarian state has been paying ten percent of the heating and electricity costs for each household. The step has given the ruling Fidesz party a major boost in voter approval. No wonder, the business paper Világgazdaság comments, given that the measure brings considerable financial relief to many of the country's poor: "A family can save 7,500 forint [just under 25 euros] per month thanks to lower heating and electricity costs. … In Hungary there are many people for whom this is a considerable relief. … According to opinion research institute Tárki, the gross pay of the poorest ten percent is not even a quarter of the gross pay of the richest ten percent in the country. Three and a half times more Hungarians live in poverty than in 1987. … So this measure to relieve the poor is a clever move on the part of the government."

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