The Socialist-Párbeszéd election alliance will cut the monthly price of gas by 30 percent for average consumption, of electricity and district heating by 10-10 percent, respectively, if it comes to power in April, its prime minister candidate said on Saturday.
The alliance’s progressive utility prices scheme has been designed to support average households, Gergely Karácsony told a press conference.
Bertalan Tóth, the group leader of the opposition Socialists, said that since January 1, 2013 ruling Fidesz “has sold gas to households” at a price higher than the price paid for gas by the national gas trading company.
Since Fidesz came to power in 2010, gas transmission has been suspended in a total of 167,000 households and another 20,000 households have been disconnected from electricity grids, he noted.
In response, Fidesz said that the Socialists have been “attacking” the utility price cut schemes ever since it was introduced in 2013 and would fully scrap it if they came to power this spring.
They are “good at making promises” first during an election campaign and then do just the opposite, Fidesz said in a statement, adding that despite their promise they increased gas prices threefold after coming to power.