What changes on April 1 for the household budget

If the discount on fuel prices, decided by the government, has been widely commented on, other measures that have gone more unnoticed, affecting the expenses and resources of the French, come into force on 1er April.

Revaluation of certain benefits

Number of benefits and amounts increase by 1.8% in April, due to inflation. This concerns the active solidarity income (RSA), the activity bonus, the disabled adult allowance (AAH), family benefits (for example the free choice of childcare supplement and family allowances), pensions invalidity, occupational accident-disease annuities (AT-MP), etc. In April 2021, the revaluation rate, also calculated according to inflation, was 0.1%.

On the other hand, as of this year, the daily allowance that can be paid in the event of caregiver leave (AJPA) is no longer revalued on 1er April, since its development is now linked to that of the minimum wage.

A discount at the pump

Fifteen euro cents excluding VAT: this is the amount of the discount that must be granted from this 1er April on each liter of fuel sold, until July 31, 2022. A measure financed by the State (estimated cost: three billion euros). On the price paid by the consumer, this discount will represent 18 cents including tax in mainland France, 17 cents in Corsica and 15 cents overseas, explains (due to the different VAT rates applied according to the territories) .

“When arriving at a service station, the consumer will see the price of fuel already discounted by 15 cents excluding tax displayed on the totems [les panneaux à l’entrée des stations] than on prices at the pump”explains the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

Gas: regulated prices remain unchanged

For the sixth consecutive month, regulated gas prices are not changing this month, they remain fixed at their October 2021 level. The measure was announced by the government in response to the exceptional price increases of the previous months. A decree provides that this freeze lasts until June but an extension is envisaged until the end of the year 2022.

Without this gel, this 1er April would have been marked by an average decline of 3% (excluding tax), but “the average level of regulated sales tariffs on the 1er April 2022 would have been 39.10% higher excluding tax, i.e. 35.30% including tax, compared to the level in force set on 1er october »according to the Energy Regulation Commission, which publishes monthly the tariffs that would have been applied without the measure.

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