Energy?: fuel discount, tariff shield and transport bonus
The government has decided to extend at least until the end of September the fuel discount of 18 cents (in mainland France), introduced since April 1. It will be reduced to 12 cents on October 1 and then to 6 cents on November 1 before ending on December 1.
To replace it, a “worker fuel allowance” will, subject to means, be put in place from October for employees who use their car to go to work. It will be between 100 and 300 euros, depending on the level of income and the distance travelled.
The extension of the discount and the compensation will cost 4.6 billion euros in 2022.
The tariff shield on gas and electricity prices is extended until the end of the year. Its cost is not included in the 20 billion and will depend on the evolution of the price of gas.
The abolition of the audiovisual license fee will finally be effective next fall, with a gain for households of 138 euros, or a shortfall of 3.2 billion euros that the State promises to compensate with public broadcasters.
Basic pensions and social benefits
Retirement and disability pensions under the basic schemes will be increased by 4% from 1 July. This increase, combined with that of just over 1% in January, is approaching the level of inflation, which reached 5.8% in June.
Family benefits and social minima, namely the active solidarity income (RSA), the allowance for disabled adults (AAH) and the solidarity allowance for the elderly (Aspa) will also be increased by 4%. Some of these social benefits had already been increased by 1.8% in April.
For students, scholarships based on social criteria will be increased by 4% and the university restaurant ticket at 1 euro extended throughout the year 2022-2023. An exceptional back-to-school aid of 100 euros will be paid to scholarship recipients and students benefiting from APL.
– Food check
A food check of 100 euros, plus 50 euros per dependent child, will be paid to nearly eight million households. In 2020, during the Covid-19 crisis, a similar bonus of 150 euros per adult and 100 euros per child concerned just over four million households.
All the revaluations of social benefits and aid, including the food voucher, are calculated at 7.4 billion euros for 2022.
The 5.7 million public officials obtained a general increase, applicable from July 1, of 3.5% of the value of the index point which serves as the basis for their remuneration, at a cost of 7.47 billion euros. euros in a full year, divided between the State (3.2 billion), local authorities (2.28 billion) and hospitals (1.99 billion).
For 2022, this measure will cost 3.7 billion euros.
Additional measures have also been announced, such as a 7% increase in State participation in the financing of collective catering.
The ceiling of the exceptional tax-free and desocialized purchasing power bonus, known as the Macron bonus, will be tripled. Companies will therefore be able to pay up to 3,000 euros to their employees and even up to 6,000 euros for those who have set up a profit-sharing or participation scheme.
The average level paid per employee in 2021 was only 506 euros, against 1,000 authorized, according to the Ministry of Public Accounts.
The government also wants to simplify profit-sharing agreements, with the possibility for companies with fewer than 50 employees to set up agreements by unilateral decision, which was previously reserved for companies with fewer than 11 employees.
A reduction in the contributions of the self-employed is planned. This measure, which aims for more equity between the contributions of employees and the self-employed, should allow the latter to earn 550 euros per year at the level of the minimum wage.
The benchmark rent index will increase by 3.5% in July and then remain stuck at this level for a year, a measure presented by the government as a compromise between the interests of tenants and landlords. Personalized housing aid (APL) will also be increased by 3.5%.