Many changes are coming for the start of the school year, in particular to try to counter inflation. Additional discount at the gas pump or even revaluation of social minima, most of these new measures are the result of the purchasing power lawadopted this summer.
“For fairer, simpler and more transparent access to the borrower insurance market”, the second part of the Lemoine law comes into force this Thursday, September 1, after being adopted in February. This law aims to facilitate access to borrower insuranceoften necessary for those wishing to purchase real estate.
The entry into force of this measure means that, from this Thursday, borrowers will all be able, when they wish, change their current loan insurance, free of charge. Moreover, it is not no longer necessary to answer a medical questionnaire for a home loan with a value of less than 200,000 euros per person, provided that the end of the loan occurs before the borrower turns 60.
New rebate at the pump
Faced with soaring fuel prices, the government had already implemented a discount of 18 cents per liter of gasoline at the pump last April. As of this Thursday, September 1, it is reassessed at 30 cents per litre.
This discount of 30 cents will only last for a moment. As of November 1, the rebate must be reduced to 10 cents per liter of fuel, until December 31.
Lifting of the anonymity of gamete donations
From 1 September, children born from sperm or oocyte donation in France will be able more easily, as adults, to know the identity of “their” donor. To facilitate “access to personal origins”, donors will have to consent to their identity being, in the future, communicated to adult children who so wish.
A commission will also be set up to help today’s adults who are looking for their parents. Without guarantee of success, however, because the donor, if found, may oppose the disclosure of his identity.
Revaluation of restaurant tickets and social minima
Always with the aim of favoring the purchasing power of the French in the face of inflation, several social benefits are reassessed on Thursday. Retirement pensions, student grants, RSA, disabled adult allowance, activity bonus and family allowances must be increased by 4%. Personalized housing assistance should also be increased by 3.5%.
The daily ceiling for meal tickets, which was raised to 19 euros in July, should be revalued at 25 euros, according to the French administration. “A decree to be published soon will bring the maximum amount of meals or food products payable in meal vouchers to 25 euros per working day”.
Marseille, Lyon and Rouen are inaugurating or extending the implementation of their low emission zone (ZFE) with the oldest and most polluting vehicles in the sights. In Marseille, the ban on Crit’Air 5 vehicles should only concern 2% of personal vehicles, 4.4% of heavy goods vehicles and 1% of utilities. No fines will be imposed on offenders before October 1st.
In Lyon and neighboring municipalities, the ZFE, which already prohibits the circulation of heavy goods vehicles and utilities classified Crit’Air 5, 4 and 3, will be extended to private vehicles classified Crit’Air 5 and unclassified. Verbalizations will begin in January 2023.
In Rouen, all motorists traveling with a sticker 4 and 5 will no longer be able to drive in 13 municipalities of the agglomeration. This low emission zone had already been in force there since January 2 but only concerned light commercial vehicles and heavy goods vehicles.
Paid parking for thermal two-wheelers in Paris
The price is half that of cars. Parking remains free for electric scooters and motorcycles, but also for disabled two-wheeler owners and home caregivers. Of the preferential rates exist for certain professionals and residents.
For the town hall of Paris, “it is a measure of equity” vis-à-vis motorists already paying for parking and a measure also intended to fight against “privatization of public space by machines whose nuisances are very significant: pollution, noise pollution, congestion of public space”.
The “Oui Pub” device launched
The “Oui Pub” system will be tested in the first 11 municipalities, such as Bordeaux, or communities of municipalities such as Grenoble-Alpes-Métropole, in order to limit the waste of paper due to advertising leaflets.
The distribution of unaddressed advertising material will be prohibited from September 1, 2022 for 31 months, unless a “Oui Pub” sticker is visible on the mailbox. This experiment is the result of the Climate and Resilience law of 2021, which partially takes up a proposal from the Citizens’ Climate Convention which wanted to completely ban this type of advertising.
Passed on August 4 in the National Assembly, the exceptional back-to-school bonus must be paid during the month of September. This aid of 100 euros concerns all recipients of social minima and will be increased by an additional 50 euros for each dependent child.