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School bonuses, food vouchers, pensions, fuel… What’s changing in September

Paying the exclusive back-to-school bonus, a new use of restaurant vouchers, the development of the fuel discount, increased student grants or even a new home loan rule… Discover the new features that await you from Thursday 1 September.

School starts again soon. With the return of students to school, there will be several changes, like every beginning of the month, in the daily life of the French. To help them deal with inflation (6.1% for the year in July, a level not reached since 1985), many purchasing power measures are in place or expected this month. We take stock of these incentives introduced by decree or under the Purchasing Power Act and Amending Finance Act 2022, promulgated in mid-August.

Fuel discounts

The fuel rebate, which stands at 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, according to Public Life’s official website. in accordance with a decree published in the Official Gazette on August 23. In addition, the TotalEnergies group also provides a discount of 20 euro cents per liter of fuel at the pump in September, October and November at all its petrol stations, then 10 euro cents per liter for the rest of the year.

television license

Following its abolition, the public service broadcasting fee, better known as the television license fee, is no longer collected from the start of the school year. Its amount was €138 in mainland France and €88 in overseas France. For monthly households, the 2022 tax advance amounts will be refunded in September (for taxpayers who no longer pay housing tax), in October or deducted (for the 20% of households who still pay part of housing tax), according to to the public service.

Restaurant tickets, meal tickets, meal tickets

from 1er September the upper limit for using meal tickets will be reduced from €19 to €25. In addition to this cap increase, restaurant vouchers can be used to pay for all food purchases until December 31, 2023, directly consumed (sandwiches, salads, fruit and vegetables) or not, until December 31, 2023. From On the other hand, the use of restaurant tickets on Sundays and public holidays is no longer possible from 1 July 2022, unless employees are normally required to work on these days. Finally, the maximum employer share of tax-free restaurant vouchers will increase from €5.69 to €5.92 from 1 September, and the maximum value of a social exemption restaurant voucher will increased from 11.38 euros to 11.84 euros.

Pensions for length of service and age

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

Back to School Bonus

10.8 million low-income households are due to receive the back-to-school bonus voted in as part of the purchasing power law’s package of measures. No action is required to take advantage of it. If you do not need to have children to be entitled to the €100 payment, this premium is increased by €50 per dependent child.

From September 15, beneficiaries of social minimums and student scholarships will receive it. Those eligible for the activity bonus will receive it by the fall.

Family benefits and social minimums

Social benefits paid by the Family Benefit Fund (or Mutualité sociale agricole) are also to be increased by 4% retroactively from 1 July, such as RSA (€598.54 compared to €575.52 previously), RSO (€563.75 compared to €542.02 before), AAH -advantage for disabled adults- (€956.65 compared to €919.86 before) but also all family benefits (allowances, premium for birth or adoption, Paje…), as well as the activity bonus, which has already increased by 1.8% in April, as well as RSA and AAH. The first payments were made on August 18, Caf said, or will be during the monthly installment, on September 5.

Housing assistance

Also paid out of the Family Benefit Fund, Personalized Housing Allowance (APL) is being increased by 3.5% retroactively from 1 July to offset the rise in rents. The revaluation amount for the months of July and August will be paid to your lessor, with September entitlements paid on 26 September, Caf stressed. From July 1, a shield to limit rent increases to a maximum of 3.5% was introduced for one year for metropolitan France, with the exception of Corsica, which benefits from a specific system (2%). In overseas France, rents are capped at a maximum of 2.5%.

Student Scholarships

A revaluation of 4% of student benefits according to social criteria was registered at the beginning of the academic year, the Public Service recalls, adding that the advance payment of the monthly installment for September will take place at the end of August for students whose social file of the student, including the administrative registration was finalized before August 25. Annual rates for the 10 months allocated 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 summer holiday grant). It was also decided to maintain the €1 meal for insecure students throughout the academic year 2022-2023.

credit insurance

After the first part created from June 1st for new borrowers, the Lemoine law is running its course and will now apply to all real estate loans in progress from June September, Advance Public Life. From this date, every borrower will be able to change their loan insurance at any time under 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 under €200,000. The borrower’s insurance guarantees your bank that the monthly loan installments will be reimbursed in the event of temporary incapacity, permanent incapacity, total loss of autonomy or death.

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