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Norway government gets it on a plate. Norwegian government officials warn of VAT rises on foods in the forthcoming national budget. The Norwegian Farmers’ Union (Norges Bondelaget) believes what sources tell NRK will be a 1 percent increase to 15 percent, will weaken Norway’s ability to compete, calling it “an anti-social consumer tax.” “A VAT increase will have some unfortunate consequences for those on the lowest income who use a larger proportion of it on food,” says leader Nils T. Bjørke about the rise, the third in six years since Labour (Ap) came into power for its initial four-year term.

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Norway government gets it on a plate

Published on Friday, 30th September, 2011 at 13:52 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 30th September 2011 at 14:06.

Norwegian government officials warn of VAT rises on foods in the forthcoming national budget.

Supermarket trolleys (illus. photo)
Supermarket trolleys (illus. photo)
Photo: © Copyright Keith Evans/geograph.org.uk


The Norwegian Farmers’ Union (Norges Bondelaget) believes what sources tell NRK will be a 1 percent increase to 15 percent, will weaken Norway’s ability to compete, calling it “an anti-social consumer tax.”

“A VAT increase will have some unfortunate consequences for those on the lowest income who use a larger proportion of it on food,” says leader Nils T. Bjørke about the rise, the third in six years since Labour (Ap) came into power for its initial four-year term.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg warned of a tight budget this year in his opening address earlier this week at the Party’s national meeting.

Referring to the current world economic situation, he stated, “The coming budget will contain suggestions for spending cuts in several areas that are larger than many expect and want. There will be protests and many emphatic demands in the autumn. Nevertheless, we have to tighten spending for the sake of jobs and competitiveness.”

Prime Minister Stoltenberg’s warned increase has not been greeted well by some Opposition politicians.

Progress’ (FrP) leader calls it “petty”, and that it does “not contribute to poverty reduction”.

“We know the government likes increasing taxes and fees for ordinary people,” says Jan Tore Sanner, finance policy spokesperson for the Conservative Party (H).



Published on Friday, 30th September, 2011 at 13:52 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 30th September 2011 at 14:06.

This post has the following tags: jensstoltenberg, nationalbudgettaxincreases, expensivefoodprices.





  
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