APL reform will bring in half as much to the State as expected

The reform of housing assistance (APL), which will come into force at the beginning of 2021, will bring in half as much as initially planned for the State. The economic crisis, declared at the same time as the pandemic, will automatically increase aid to beneficiary families. “A large number of households will see their aid increase,” Housing Minister Emmanuelle Wargon announced on Friday at a conference on this reform.

Planned for more than two years, which is almost the start of Emmanuel Macron’s five-year term, the reform must adapt the amount of housing assistance “in real time”, according to the beneficiary’s current income and no longer to those earned two years more early.

Since its initiation, much contested, it has experienced several setbacks. First postponed due to technical difficulties, its implementation was postponed until the spring due to the health crisis.

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Since the appearance of the virus in France, GDP has fallen, growth is expected to decline this year by 10%, and many households have certainly seen their incomes drop. Mechanically, the APL of these beneficiary households will therefore be maintained, or even revised upwards.

The reform was supposed to save € 1.2 billion in public money. “In the current budget, the figure is between 500 and 700 million euros,” admitted Emmanuelle Wargon. This estimate is still very uncertain because it is particularly difficult to calculate precisely the number of households that will see their aid increase, she added.

Asked in our newspaper at the end of August, the Minister for Housing had specified that housing aid would be calculated “on the basis of the last twelve months, that is to say from December 2019 to November 2020”.

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