Tariff shield, energy check, aid for fuel oil… Measures to “protect the French” specifies the Minister of Public Accounts

Tariff shield, energy check, aid for fuel oil... Measures to "protect the French" specifies the Minister of Public Accounts

“The compass is that we will continue to protect the French,” assures on Thursday September 15 on franceinfo Gabriel Attal. The Delegate Minister of Public Accounts came to qualify the announcements made this Wednesday by the Prime Minister on energy prices and while inflation should reach 4.2% in 2023. “We will pass the peak in 2023 and inflation will go down,” estimates Gabriel Attal based on “The Global Forecast Consensus”. the minister remember, however, that “the uncertainties weigh”. “The there are geopolitical uncertainties”he says, especially the war in Ukraine.

Regarding the tariff shield that will limit the rise in gas and electricity prices to 15% in 2023, Gabriel Attal assures that it will be maintained “as long as the situation is what it is” while acknowledging not being able “say what the situation will be in mid-2023.”

“If we did nothing, the French would see their electricity and gas bills increase by 120%. Look at Germany, where the gas electricity bill has almost tripled this year.”

In addition, 12 million of the most modest households will receive “at the end of the year” a new energy check of 100 to 200 euros. “We are going to clarify things in a more intelligible way for everyone and relieve the balance”, promises the Delegate Minister. These measures “based on income deciles”taking into account “the reference tax on income and the number of children”.For example, a couple who earn 3,000 euros net together and who have two children benefit from the aid”, details Gabriel Attal.

The most modest French who heat themselves with fuel oil will also be able to accumulate additional aid to fill their tank. Government “to work” in a check “which would range between 100 and 200 euros” he too, assures the Delegate Minister. This help will be paid “since the month of November”. The executive has yet to specify how he intends to support the French who heat themselves with wood.

Gabriel Attal promises that the tariff shield will be “refined” for people living in public housing, where the device does not yet refer to the electricity of common areas, and the “2% of tenants who are heated by electricity.”

“Obviously, people who live in public housing will be affected by the gas and electricity rate shield. There’s no doubt”.

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According to the minister, “Suppliers were sending provisional invoices to trustees before we announced the tariff shield.”

The Delegate Minister in Charge of Public Accounts also specified the measures for companies: “Very small companies, which have a turnover of less than 2 million euros and have less than 10 employees, have the tariff shield.” For slightly larger companies “that dedicate more than 3% of their billing to their electricity or gas”they may be granted exceptional aid of up to 2 million euros. “We have drastically simplified the criteria” for this help that already existed in 2022, says Gabriel Attal.

Lastly, companies whose main production is based on high energy consumption, “such as the glassware or aluminum sector”, help was also “simplified”, he assures and can go “up to 50 million euros”. The goal is to avoid “For companies to stop their activity.”

As for the local authorities, Gabriel Attal assures that “30,000 of the 36,000 municipalities benefit from the tariff shield.” The 6,000 largest municipalities in France can benefit from“an aid that covers up to 70% of the increase in energy costs” thanks to “A safety net of 430 million euros was voted this summer”.

While some elected officials have threatened not to pay the bills, the minister explains that the government still has to “to announce” the device presented on Wednesday. However, he warns “that the State cannot support all the bills of all the local authorities”. “It’s going to take some effort, we’re all trying, concludes Gabriel Attal.

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