– It is surprising that the Conservative Party now wants to introduce a new tax on milk cartons and similar products with NOK 500 million, says Finance Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum to TV 2.
He reacts strongly to the Conservative Party’s proposal to abolish exemptions from environmental tax on disposable packaging for milk and cocoa products in its alternative budget for 2023.
– In sum, it will mean that food prices go up and not down, says the finance minister.
Will increase recycling
Every year, the opposition parties present their alternative budgets to show how the national budget could look if they ruled the country.
In the Conservative Party’s alternative budget, the state receives NOK 500 million in new revenue through the proposed tax on milk cartons and cocoa products. “Circular economy is important for the Conservative Party. We are abolishing the exemptions in the environmental tax on disposable packaging for milk and cocoa products. The exceptions have historical reasons and are not environmentally justified,” reads the justification.
The Conservative Party’s fiscal policy spokesperson Helge Orten points out that the Conservative Party is simultaneously proposing to increase child benefit and give tax relief to ordinary wage earners.
– A family with two children will get NOK 8,000 more a year with our budget. At the same time, we are removing an exception in the basic tax on single-use packaging containing milk products and cocoa, in order to facilitate increased use of reusable packaging, he says.
At the same time, Orten believes that Vedum itself has contributed to increased prices for food products through the spring’s agricultural settlement.
That’s how much more expensive milk has become
The 12-month index shows that consumer prices for dairy products have increased by 11.6 per cent.
The price of butter has increased by 22.6 per cent
The price of cheese has increased by 11.7 per cent
The price of milk, yoghurt and cream has increased by 10.7 per cent and the group of other dairy products has increased by 9.4 per cent.
Warns against price gouging
Vedum, for its part, is surprised that the Conservative Party is introducing a tax on milk cartons at a time when many are aware of the consequences of increased prices.
– There is no reason now to introduce measures that cause food prices to rise. Many people now have major challenges with the fact that food has become more expensive.
– But it won’t be much more per carton, will it?
– No, it won’t be. It doesn’t change everything, but the thing about fees is that you can choose to sneak them in under the radar and make everything a little more expensive. Here, there will be 500 million more in tax, and then there is VAT on that tax. This makes it more expensive for those who shop.