Increase in the price of electricity
Regulated electricity sales tariffs increased by 1.54% in France on August 1. “The Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) is proposing to the ministers responsible for energy and the economy an increase in regulated tariffs for the sale of electricity of 1.54% including tax on August 1, 2020 which takes into account the ‘annual change in the prices of public electricity transmission and distribution networks, “the regulator indicated in July. The change in mainland France will be 1.54% for residential” blue “prices and 1.58% for professionals.
The price of gas increases
For the first time since December 2019, regulated gas prices increase this Saturday, by 1.3% on average, excluding taxes. In detail, the increase “is 0.3% for customers who use gas for cooking, 0.7% for those who have dual use, cooking and hot water, and 1.4% for customers. homes that heat with gas ”, indicates the Energy Regulatory Commission.
Unemployment insurance reform suspended
A decree published in the Official Journal on Thursday July 30 provides for the suspension until January 1, 2021 of the reform of unemployment insurance, including the tightening of the opening of rights in force since November 1. The eligibility conditions for the return-to-work assistance allowance (ARE) are therefore relaxed for workers deprived of employment whose employment contract ends between August 1 and December 31, 2020.
The allowance is currently more favorable, for the same amount of work, to people alternating short contracts and inactivity than to those working continuously, because it is calculated by dividing the income by the days worked only during the reference period. The decree also confirms the postponement of the degressivity after six months for the highest incomes, also on January 1, 2021.
Other measures planned during the month of August
On August 3, a new system of conversion bonus for the purchase of vehicles more respectful of the environment. According to the new system, individuals will receive 2,500 to 5,000 euros (depending on their income), for the purchase of an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle. It will be 1,500 to 3,000 euros for a Crit’Air 1 or 2 vehicle.
From August 4, daily bills can be paid at tobacconists. Concretely, canteen, nursery, hospital bills, fines or even taxes can be paid in cash up to 300 euros or by bank card in 5,100 tobacco shops in France.
Finally, back-to-school allowance, revalued by 100 euros, will be paid between August 4 and 18. “More than 3 million families” with modest incomes will benefit from this allowance, increased because of “the social consequences of the epidemic crisis”, indicated the Ministry of Solidarity.