Presented Thursday in the Council of Ministers, this arsenal of measures must still be debated in the National Assembly during the month of July, as Le Parisien specifies in its article of Friday July 8.
The purchasing power of the French is at half mast. Who should be affected by these aids? And under what conditions? Here’s what’s changing for workers, retirees and students.
The Borne government has decided to extend at least until the end of September the fuel discount of 18 cents put in place since April 1st. It will be reduced to 12 cents on October 1 and then to 6 cents on November 1 before being abolished 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 get to work. The compensation of a value between 100 and 300 euros will be given according to the level of income and the distance traveled. The tariff shield on gas and electricity prices is extended until the end of the year.
The abolition of the audiovisual fee will finally be effective from next fall, with a gain for households of 138 euros per year for households with a television set.
Retirement and disability pensions are 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 will also be increased. The active solidarity income (RSA), the allowance for disabled adults (AAH) and the solidarity allowance for the elderly (Aspa) will increase by 4%.
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. At the start of the new school year, exceptional aid of 100 euros will be paid to scholarship recipients and students benefiting from APL.
A food check of 100 euros, plus 50 euros per dependent child, will be paid to nearly eight million households, subject to means testing.
The 5.7 million public officials obtained a general increase, applicable on July 1, of 3.5% of the value of the index point which serves as the basis for their remuneration. 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 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 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.
A reduction in contributions for the self-employed is under discussion. 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. The APL (personalized housing assistance) will at the same time be increased by 3.5%.