Enrollment in secondary school, lower bills, mobility …: what is changing this February 1

A each new month has its share of changes. Le Soir has listed for you everything you need to know to start this February well.

Secondary school enrollment

The enrollment procedure in first secondary in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation will begin this year, due to the coronavirus, from February 1 and will run until March 5, i.e. five weeks in total, compared to three in previous years.

Some 50,000 students will enter the first year of secondary school next September. Their parents must have received the single registration form (FUI) from their child’s primary school by January 22 at the latest.

They will have to register their ranking of schools where they wish to register their child as a priority. They are invited to state their first preference as well as their next choices if the desired school should be full. They can indicate up to ten schools of their choice.

As usual, during these five weeks, the chronology of the deposits will not matter. A form submitted on February 1 will therefore not have an advantage over one submitted on March 5.

Invoices

From February until the end of 2021, nearly 447,000 additional people will be able to benefit from a social tariff for gas and electricity in Belgium. The measure is taken for one year but could be renewed.

The social tariff is currently available to people benefiting from the integration income, to seniors receiving the income guarantee for the elderly and to the disabled. But, from February 1 and until the end of 2021, this audience will be extended to those who benefit from “increased intervention”. This will concern among others pensioners and single-parent families in financial difficulty as well as people whose income does not exceed approximately 20,000 euros gross per year.

Currently, the social tariff supports 450,000 people for electricity and 275,000 for gas. With the federal measure, nearly 447,000 additional people will join the ranks of the beneficiaries, according to figures from Minister Pierre-Yves Dermagne (PS) who is responsible for the project.

Mobility

New transport tickets combining mobility with Stib, TEC, De Lijn and SNCB will be available in Brussels from 1 February, under the name “Brupass”. The intermodal tickets called “Brupass XL” will also cover part of the Brussels periphery, within a perimeter extended to 11.5 kilometers around the 19 municipalities of Brussels (with the exception of the airport service).

Commuters will be able to use the vehicles of the four operators without distinction using a single ticket, at a single price. The Brupass will actually replace the MTB and JUMP transport tickets in the Brussels-Capital Region. These transport tickets will be supplemented, from February 1, by the Brupass XL range which will offer the same possibilities in a wider area, i.e. 52 stations and nearly 1,400 trains per day, and more than 2,800 bus, tram and metro stops. .

For train travel, this implies an expansion of the current area by 17 additional stations: Beersel, Buda, Diegem, Dilbeek, Groenendaal, Grand-Bigard, Hoeilaart, Holleken, Linkebeek, Lot, Nossegem, Ruisbroek, Rhode-Saint-Genèse , Sint-Martens-Bodegem, Vilvorde, Zaventem and Zellik.

For TEC, the number of stops served will go from 73 to 121, or 48 new stops.

The area is crossed by 111 De Lijn bus lines, with 600 stops in and around Brussels, in addition to the stops shared with SNCB, STIB and TEC.

For the Stib, the offer remains unchanged, with its 83 tram, bus and metro lines, 2,200 stops and 69 metro and pre-metro stations.

Only the service to the airport from Brussels (in both directions) is subject to a special rate.

For Brupass XL, tickets will be 3 euros for one trip, and 20 euros for 10 trips. Subscriptions will amount to 74 euros for one month and 775 euros for one year.

For Brupass, one trip will cost 2.4 euros and 10 trips 15 euros. The subscriptions will be sold at a price of 55.50 euros for one month and 583 euros for one year.

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