APL reform: what will change from January 2021

From January 1, 2021, personal housing assistance will change. Minister Emmanuelle Wargon detailed the main changes at the end of last week.

The Minister of Housing, Emmanuelle Wargon, detailed this Friday, November 20 the changes in the calculation of this housing aid which benefits 6.6 million households.


The main changes will come into effect from January 1, 2021.

“A large number of households will see their aid increase”, announced the Minister of Housing at a press conference.

Aid will continue to be paid on the 5th of the month. The first payment calculated according to this reform will therefore take place February 5, 2021. For third party payers, no change. As before, the landlord will deduct the housing aid directly from the rent.

What changes

As reported RTL, this reform will now adapt the amount of housing assistance based on the beneficiary’s current income, over the last 12 months, and no longer over the past two years.

The reform also provides for the real-time payment of APL since the rights will be updated every three months.

Until now, they were reassessed every year on the basis of income received two years before. “This reform will make it possible to be fairer. The allocation will adapt to the most recent situation. This will support the purchasing power of the most fragile”, estimated the Minister of Housing, Emmanuelle Wargon, details The Parisian.

Comment ?

As detailed Capital, the amounts will be reassessed upwards or downwards each quarter. For example, to calculate your APL for January, February and March 2021, the income studied will be those between December 2019 and November 2020.

Regarding your rights for April, May and June 2021, the APL will be calculated from the income from March 2020 to February 2021. So on.

As a reminder, the APL are calculated according to four parameters: the number of children and other dependents, the place of residence, the amount of the rent or the monthly repayment of loans (within the limit of a certain ceiling), household resources.

Who is concerned ?

Still according to the Minister, 50% of beneficiaries usually see their aid evolve on January 1. With the reform, this proportion could “perhaps climb to 60%”.

On the other hand, it is impossible to assess the share of beneficiaries whose aid will decrease, increase or stagnate: “Many have had their income impacted by the crisis and confinement. It is difficult to see what depends on the reform and what depends on it. of the crisis… “

What step to take?

No specific action is to be taken on the part of the beneficiaries, except if it is a request from the Family Allowances Fund.

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