Back-to-school bonus, meal vouchers, pensions, fuel… What changes in September

Payment of the exceptional back-to-school bonus, new use of restaurant vouchers, evolution of the fuel discount, increased student grants or even a new rule for home loans… Discover the new features that await you from Thursday 1 September.

School starts again soon. As the students go back to school, several changes will occur, like every beginning of the month, in the daily life of the French. To help them cope with inflation (6.1% over one year in July, a level not reached since 1985), many measures in favor of purchasing power are maintained or expected this month. We take stock of these boosts put in place by decree or within the framework of the purchasing power law and the amending finance law for 2022, promulgated in mid-August.

Fuel Discounts

The fuel discount, amounting to 18 euro cents per liter since it was introduced by the government on April 1, will be increased to 30 cents in September and October and then reduced to 10 cents in November and December , indicates the official Public Life website, in accordance with a decree published in the Official Journal on August 23. In addition, the TotalEnergies group also grants a discount of 20 euro cents per liter of fuel at the pump in September, October and November at all its service stations, then 10 euro cents per liter for the rest of the year. .

TV license

Following its abolition, the contribution to public broadcasting, more commonly known as TV license fee, is no longer collected from this start of the school year. Its amount was €138 in mainland France and €88 in Overseas France. For monthly households, the sums advanced for the 2022 tax will be reimbursed in September (for taxpayers who no longer pay housing tax), in October or deducted (for the 20% of households who still pay a part of the housing tax), according to the Public Service.

Restaurant tickets, dining chits, meal tickets

From 1er September, the upper limit for using meal tickets will be reduced from €19 to €25. In addition to this increase in the ceiling, restaurant vouchers can be used to pay for all food shopping until December 31, 2023, directly consumable (sandwiches, salads, fruit and vegetables) or not, until December 31, 2023. On the other hand, the The use of restaurant tickets on Sundays and public holidays is no longer possible since July 1, 2022, unless employees are usually required to work on these days. Finally, the maximum amount of the employer’s share of restaurant vouchers exempt from charges will increase from €5.69 to €5.92 from 1 September, and the maximum value of the restaurant voucher giving entitlement to social exemption will increase from 11, €38 to €11.84.

Retirement pensions

After an initial indexation to inflation of 1.1% in January, basic retirement and disability pensions, the survivor’s pension, the solidarity allowance for the elderly (Aspa) and the additional allowance for (ASI) will experience a further increase of 4%, i.e. an increase of 5.1% over the whole of 2022. It applies to the pensions of retirees from the private sector, the civil service, special and self-employed, and corresponds to an increase of around fifty euros for an average pension of €1,400. This revaluation with retroactive effect from 1er July will apply from the August pension payment, paid on 9 September. The amount corresponding to the revaluation of the retirement pension for the month of July will also be paid on September 9, says the Public Service.

Back to school bonus

10.8 million low-income households should receive the back-to-school bonus, voted as part of the purchasing power law package of measures. No action is required to benefit from it. If it is not necessary to have children to be entitled to a payment of €100, this premium is increased by €50 per dependent child.

Beneficiaries of social minima and scholarship students will receive it from September 15. Those who are entitled to the activity bonus will receive it by the fall.

Family allowances and social minima

Social benefits paid by the Family Allowance Fund (or the Mutualité sociale agricole) must also be increased by 4% with retroactive effect from July 1, such as the RSA (€598.54 compared to €575.52 previously), the RSO (€563.75 compared to €542.02 previously), the AAH -allowance for disabled adults- (€956.65 compared to €919.86 previously), but also all family benefits (allowances, premium for birth or adoption, Paje…) as well as the activity bonus, which had already increased by 1.8% in April, as did the RSA and the AAH. The first payments took place on August 18, specifies the Caf, or will take place during the monthly payment, on September 5.

Housing assistance

Also paid by the Family Allowance Fund, personalized housing assistance (APL) is increased by 3.5% with retroactive effect from July 1 to compensate for the increase in rents. The amount of the revaluation for the months of July and August will be paid to your lessor with the rights for September paid on September 26, underlines the Caf. Since July 1, a shield to cap the increase in rents at a maximum of 3.5% has been put in place for one year for metropolitan France, with the exception of Corsica, which benefits from a specific system (2% ). In Overseas France, the ceiling on rents is a maximum of 2.5%.

Student scholarships

The revaluation of 4% of student grants on social criteria at the start of the academic year has been recorded, recalls the Public Service, which adds that the advance payment of the monthly payment for September will take place at the end of August for students whose student social file, including including the administrative registration, was finalized before August 25th. The annual rates over 10 months distributed to students can now range from €1,084 for level 0 bis to €5,965 for level 7 (from €1,301 to €7,158 for students benefiting from the maintenance of the grant for the summer break). It was also decided to maintain the €1 meal for precarious students throughout the 2022-2023 academic year.

loan insurance

After a first part set up since June 1 for new borrowers, the Lemoine law is following its course and will now apply to all real estate loans in progress from June September, Advance Public Life. From this date, each borrower will be able to change their loan insurance at any time, subject to certain conditions. It also reduces to five years the right to be forgotten for people who have had cancer and removes the medical questionnaire for mortgages of less than €200,000. Borrower insurance guarantees your bank that the monthly loan payments will be reimbursed in the event of temporary incapacity for work, permanent disability, total loss of autonomy or death.

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