At the center of the summer holidays, many changes are expected from Monday August 1. Among them, many economic measures are taken to deal with inflation, which increased in July and reached 6.1% in a year, in France, according to the latest INSEE figures published on Friday. Franceinfo lists the news to expect from Monday.
The 2.01% increase in the minimum wage
Due to high inflation, the minimum wage (minimum interprofessional growth wage) will automatically increase on August 1 by 2.01%. For full-time work, the monthly minimum wage ranges from 1,302.64 euros to 1,329.06 euros net. The hourly minimum wage changed from 8.58 euros to 8.76 euros. This is the fourth increase in the minimum wage in less than a year, the last one taking place on May 1, with an increase of 2.65%.
In addition to its annual revaluation on January 1, the minimum wage is automatically increased during the year by the amount of inflation (calculated for the 20% of households with the lowest income) if it exceeds 2% compared in the latest increase.
The increase in passbook A rate
The passbook A rate, the most widespread savings product in France, reached 2% from August 1, thus returning to the highest level since 2012. This is the second increase this year, after the first doubling of rate on February 1, from 0.5 % – a historic low – to 1%.
The doubling of the rate, proposed by the Governor of the Banque de France on July 14 and immediately accepted by the government, is explained by the increase in prices observed in recent months.
Another notable increase: the rate of the People’s Savings Book (LEP), reserved for people with a moderate income (maximum of 20,296 euros per year for a person), which goes from 2.2% to 4.6%. We have to go back to 1998 to have a comparable rate (4.5%).
The end of the state of health emergency
After more than two years of the pandemic, the state of health emergency, a unique legal framework ordered in the face of the crisis, will end on August 1, after the adoption, on July 26, of the Parliament’s bill.
Only two steps remain on the agenda: continuous monitoring of the pandemic, which makes it possible to determine the number of cases or hospitalizations, and the possibility of imposing a negative test on travelers leaving or returning to France or abroad.
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The measures to prevent daily life provided by emergency regimes, including rthe use of confinement as well as curfew, is irreversible.
The dissolution of the Scientific Council, giving way to a committee
He accompanied the French for more than two years to follow the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Scientific Council is dissolved from Sunday July 31, corresponding to the date of the end of the state of health emergency regime.
After the end of July, a committee for monitoring and anticipating health risks should take over. This committee, which will no longer be chaired by Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, is made up of specialists in human and animal health and the environment.
This new committee will be set up in the coming days, said the Minister of Health François Braun, in franceinfo, Wednesday. It is made up of 19 members, some of whom may come from the Scientific Council, we learned in a decree published on Sunday. This committee, is responsible for monitoring “health risks related to infectious agents affecting humans and animals, environmental and food pollutants, and climate change”need in particular “Recommendations on the issue when a projection reveals a health risk”. So its missions go beyond Covid-19 “given the risk of the emergence of other viruses”underlined François Braun.
The tripling of the “Macron bonus”
The bonus ceiling for purchasing power will increase from 2,000 to 6,000 euros net for companies that have signed a profit sharing agreement or those with less than 50 employees.
Set up in 2019, in the context of the “yellow vests” crisis, this tax-free “Macron bonus” can be paid to employers between August 1 and December 31, 2023. In private, the premium can be made permanent in the form of a “value sharing premium”, which is exempt from social security contributions.
Payment of additional social benefits
The National Assembly voted to upgrade many social benefits such as the Disabled Adult Allowance (AAH), the Active Solidarity Income (RSA) or the 4% family allowance during the review of the purchasing power bill. This increase is effective from July 1, 2022. Social aid payments already made for the month of July, beneficiaries will receive this increase from August.
The “gasoline discount” extension
It was supposed to be finished in July. The “gasoline discount” of 15 cents per liter excluding taxes, which has been applied since April 1, has been extended until August 31 by the National Assembly during the review of a new financial law.
La measure, to be specified by decree, then increases from 18 to 30 euro cents in September and October, then to 10 penny in November and December.
The 3.5% revaluation of the index point for civil servants
The estimated 5.7 million civil servants also had a pleasant surprise in their payslips for the month of August. Frozen since 2017, the index point for civil servants will increase by 3.5% from August 1, with retroactivity to July 1.
Faced with unprecedented levels of inflation, we created a unique measure: the total increase in the index point of # Public service at 3.5%.
This is the biggest increase in 37 years! pic.twitter.com/4ihuzzoqM1
— Stanislas Guerini (@StanGuerini) June 28, 2022
According to the site service-public.fr, this is the biggest increase in thirty-seven years. This increase is one of the measures in the emergency bill for purchasing power that was adopted in the first reading of the National Assembly on July 22.
Payment of back-to-school allowance
The back-to-school allowance (ARS) will also be paid at the end of August, depending on the means, to families with at least one child in school, aged 6 to 18. It is part of the benefits that should increase and 4% under the “purchasing power” bill to cope with inflation.
For the beginning of the 2022 school year, the amount is 376.98 euros per child aged 6 to 10; 397.78 euros per child aged 11 to 14 and 411.56 euros per child aged 15 to 18.