The automatic increase in the minimum wage, the revaluation of APL, the extension of the dematerialized Vitale card: the new features to keep in mind for this change of month.
In the wake of the extension of the health pass to adolescents aged 12 to 17 from September 30, the transition to October is accompanied by many changes. Le Figaro make the point.
Increase in the regulated gas price
The regulated gas price will increase by 12.6% (13.9% excluding tax). More specifically, this increase will be 4.5% for users of gas for cooking, 9.1% for those who have dual use (cooking and hot water), and 14.3% for households that gas heated.
Regulated gas prices have seen several increases in recent months. They increased by 8.7% on September 1, after more than 5% in August and nearly 10% in July. Since January 1, the rate has increased by 57.25%.
These hikes will last for a while”probably several months“Warns Bruno Le Maire. A few months before the presidential election, the government is considering measures to limit the shock for consumers. It has already taken the decision to pay an exceptional energy check of 100 euros in December to 6 million households (out of 29 million households in France in total). But the Minister of the Economy has already acknowledged that this energy check does not “will not compensate for the increase» gas prices.
Automatic increase in minimum wage
The gross monthly minimum wage will increase by 34.89 euros to settle at 1589.47 euros. The gross hourly minimum wage will thus go from 10.25 euros to 10.48 euros. This is the largest increase since 2012.
This increase comes in response to the increase in the price index, which has exceeded +2% since the date of establishment of the current minimum wage threshold. Indeed, the law stipulates that, when inflation exceeds the threshold of 2% compared to the last revaluation, the minimum wage must increase in the same proportions.
Besides this automatic increase, the executive does not want to hear of a boost “Politicsat minimum wage. “I don’t believe this is the right solution. We are always tempted to do it, but that means we will pay for it on the job. My priority is jobs, jobs, jobs. Giving a boost to the minimum wage is to give a penknife to the recovery of employment“, explained Bruno Le Maire on September 6.
Unemployment insurance reform
After many twists and except new censorship of the Council of State, the reform of unemployment insurance must come into force on October 1. The measure was to be implemented from July 1, but the Council of State had suspended it last June, citing ” uncertainties about the economic situation “. Arguing from ” sharp rebound in employment since May “, as Élisabeth Borne, the Minister of Labour, declared on September 16, the government decided to implement the reform at the beginning of the month.
According to an assessment by Unedic carried out in the spring, up to 1.15 million people qualifying for benefits in the year following the entry into force of the reform would receive a lower monthly allowance (by 17% on average), with in the same time a “theoretical duration of compensation” extended (14 months on average compared to 11 before the reform).
Revaluation of APLs
Personalized housing aid (APL) will increase by +0.42%. ” This increase follows a freeze on their revaluation in 2018 and a de-indexation of APLs on the rent reference index included in the 2019 and 2020 finance laws » specifies the public service website . The change will be minimal for your wallet. Thus, if you currently receive €150 from APL, you will only see this amount increase by 63 cents.
As a reminder, the right to these benefits is, since last January, no longer based on the income received two years earlier (2019 income for a request in 2021) but on the resources of the last 12 months, with an update every 3 month. According to a government impact study, nearly 30% of recipients (29.6%) or 1.769 million people have been negatively impacted by this new method of calculation. Among them, 374,000 (6.6%) lost their right to APL and 1.375 million (23%) saw the amount of their aid drop by an average of €73.
Raising the salaries of health professionals
More than 500,000 hospital civil servants will benefit from an increase in their salary scales, as part of the Ségur de la santé: nurses, nursing assistants, health managers, childcare auxiliaries, radio manipulators, massage therapists … In addition, the general increase of 183 euros net per month will be extended to 18,500 other caregivers in the social and medico-social sector, under the public service but whose structures are not attached to a hospital or nursing home.
In addition, 209,000 home helps in the voluntary sector working with the elderly and disabled benefit from a salary increase of 13% to 15%. On the other hand, the 160,000 private sector employees are deprived of it, which raises fears of a massive departure of these employees.
This salary boost will not lead to an increase in the remaining charge for users with disabilities or the elderly, because it will be paid for by the departments, partially compensated by the State.
As for laboratory technicians, dieticians and pharmacy assistants, they will be reclassified in category A in January 2022”says the ministry.
The extended dematerialized vital card
The experimentation of the dematerialized Vitale card, already underway for 2 years in the departments of Rhône and Alpes-Maritimes, will be extended to 10 other departments: Bas-Rhin, Gironde, Hérault, Loire-Atlantique , the North, Paris, Puy-de-Dôme, Sarthe, Saône-et-Loire, and Seine-Maritime.
Issued free of charge by the health insurance funds until December 31, 2022 to all those who would like to try the experience, this health insurance e-card will only be valid with health professionals and health establishments participating in experimentation.
The dematerialization of the Vitale card is more generally part of the Ma santé 2022 bill, which aims to “accelerate the digital shiftin the medical sector. The Shared Medical Record and telemedicine will be democratized by 2022, as will e-prescription for all medical auxiliaries. The traditional health record should, for its part, be replaced by a “digital health space» centralizing all patient medical information (DMP, hospital reports, test results, prescribed medication, etc.).
Suicide Prevention Hotline
The new national suicide prevention number, 31 14, will be accessible 7 days a week and 24 hours a day, “it will allow French people who are going through a very difficult time, with dark thoughts, morbid thoughts, sadness, self-devaluation, deep anxieties, to immediately find an answer to their discomfort“, said Wednesday the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.
Passport required to travel to the UK
For travelers, be aware that the rules will change to go to the other side of the Channel. Due to Brexit, the rules for traveling to the UK will be more restrictive. Whether for work or tourism, it will be mandatory to present a passport from October 1, 2021. The national identity card will no longer be considered a sufficient travel document.
French residents in the United Kingdom with the “ settled status” Where “ pre-settled status will however be an exception. For them, the identity card will remain valid until 2025.
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