Energy price increases: a check for 100 euros for 6 million low-income households

A check for 100 euros will be granted to six million low-income households in the face of increases in the price of energy (photo illustration).

ENERGY – Nearly 6 million low-income households will benefit from an exceptional check for 100 euros to help them pay their energy bills, in the face of the current price hike, the government announced on Wednesday (September 15th).

Prime Minister Jean Castex will announce this Thursday “the establishment of a very simple exceptional social assistance of 100 euros for all households who today benefit from the energy check”, ie “5.8 million households”, a indicated Matignon.

Eligible households will not have to take any action and will receive this exceptional assistance by post in December, regardless of their heating method (electricity, fuel, gas).

“It is a form of support to overcome this situation which is considered to be a cyclical increase in the price of energy which will lead to an increase in the price of heating”, one explained to Matignon.

In particular, gas prices have experienced strong increases in recent months, driven by the global economic recovery. Regulated tariffs increased by 8.7% on September 1, after more than 5% in August and nearly 10% in July.

Energy, one of the main household expenditure constraints

“A given increase penalizes the poorest households ten times more, in terms of their purchasing power, than the wealthiest households; therefore it was important to target this exceptional aid on the most modest households ”, argued the entourage of the Prime Minister.

The energy check is an already existing system that covers part of the electricity, gas or fuel bills or even energy renovation work. Amount of 150 euros on average, it benefits certain households according to their tax income.

Seven months before the presidential election, the rise in energy prices is a sensitive issue for the executive. Energy is one of the main expenditure constraints of households, especially the most modest, and was the trigger for the movement of yellow vests at the end of 2018.

Jean Castex must formalize the announcement of the exceptional check for 100 euros during a trip to Île-de-France this Thursday, dedicated to the deployment of MaPrimeRénov, an aid for the thermal renovation of buildings. The French have filed some 500,000 cases since the start of the year, against 192,000 in 2020, according to the latest government figures.

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