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The 2021 Christmas bonus will be paid from December 15

Recipients of RSA, ASS and AER will receive this assistance. The basic amount is 152.45 euros.

The christmas bonus 2021 will arrive, as usual, in the bank accounts of beneficiaries from December 15. It will be paid by Caf and Pôle emploi. The payment will be later (early January) if the beneficiaries of the social minima retained (RSA, ASS and AER) have been since November or December 2021. This year, the amount of the premium will be unchanged compared to 2020 and 2019, i.e. 152,45 euros for a single person. It has not been modified for over 10 years.

Note that this premium can be combined with the inflation allowance of 100 euros, paid to those who receive less than 2,000 euros net per month. For these two services, there is no need to take any steps.

Christmas bonus: for whom?

This year, the Christmas bonus will concern those who receive one of the following aids: the active solidarity income (RSA), the specific solidarity allowance (ASS) and the retirement equivalent allowance (AER). In 2020, the Christmas bonus had been paid to more than 2.5 million households.

Christmas bonus: how much?

For people who touch the ASS or the AER, the amount of aid is fixed, regardless of the number of people in the household. Or 152.45 euros, an amount unchanged since 2009.

For the RSA beneficiaries, the amount varies according to the composition of the household. A single person without children will receive 152.45 euros in 2021. A couple with two children 320.14 euros. This amount will rise to 518.33 euros for a single parent with six children. Some 60.98 euros will then be paid per additional person.

«The Christmas bonus is a boost for the most fragile households before the end of the year holidays. It reflects the government’s commitment to support the purchasing power of households with modest incomes, a fortiori in the context of the health and social crisis induced by the Covid-19 epidemic.“, Underlined the Ministry of Solidarity last year.

At the end of July 2021, 1.95 million households were receiving the RSA, down 4.6% over one year according to the Directorate of Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics (Drees). “The workforce continued to decline during the first half of 2021 (120,500 beneficiaries less between the end of December 2020 and the end of June 2021, i.e. a drop of 5.9%) before rising again in July (+15,200 beneficiaries compared to the month of June )», Details the note of September 2021 of the Drees.

According to an INSEE study from November 2021, the number of poor people remained stable in France in 2020 compared to 2019 (9.3 million people). The exceptional aid systems put in place since the start of the health crisis would have played their role of safety net. Without them, there would have been 400,000 more “poor” in 2020. A figure in trompe-l’oeil, which many associations refute because it would not take those who come off the radar.


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