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Greens Propose Poverty Relief Measures

The Green League wants to relieve poverty by increasing environmental taxation. A tax cut for low wage earners would cost around one million euros and could be covered by environmental taxes, says the party's Chair Heidi Hautala.

The greens propose combating poverty by cutting income tax completely on those earning less than 1,000 euros. This, they believe, would encourage people to seek work and help low wage earners to survive on a small income.

Hautala added that people living on welfare benefits could be helped by reducing the taxation on social security. She called on the next government to reform and simplify the social security system, which she described as so complex as to be only understood by professionals.

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