May 1, the symbolic date of Labor Day, rhymes with a holiday. Bad luck this year, it falls on a Sunday, so you don’t get an extra day off. However, you can console yourself with some nice surprises. Between the rise in the Smic, the revaluation of birth and social benefits, the purchasing power of the French should receive a welcome boost during this period of inflation. However, there is less encouraging news, such as the possible rent increase and the reduction in support for energy renovation. Here’s an overview of the changes coming early next month.
Minimum wage increase
In an inflationary period, a device provided for in the labor law automatically increases the minimum wage in the private sector. This revaluation takes place when the consumer price index for the most modest households rises by more than 2% compared to the level at the time of the determination of the last amount of the minimum wage. For example, from 1 May the minimum wage will fall from 10.57 euros to 10.85 euros gross per hour. The gross monthly minimum wage, for a full-time person, increases from 1,603.12 euros (1,269 euros net) to 1,645.58 euros (1,302.64 euros net), so 34 euros more net in the portfolio at the end of the month.
Increase in assistance
In addition to the minimum wage, social benefits will also be increased as of 1 May. For example, the benefits of the child benefit fund (Caf) all increase by 1.8%. This therefore concerns the active solidarity income (RSA), the child benefit, the basic allowance for young children, the joint school allowance (PreParE), the school allowance, the fashion allowance and the activity allowance. In addition, the increase in the Invalidity Allowance (AAH) from 903.60 to 919.86 euros, which was decided in April, will take effect from the beginning of May.
Salary increases for some civil servants
In response to inflation, the lowest paid civil servants will also see their salaries rise from 1 May. Will be concerned about state, hospital and territorial public service agents receiving the minimum of treatment. For an agent who works full-time, the minimum wage will be 1,649.48 euros gross on May 1, compared to 1,607.31 euros gross currently.
Re-evaluation of the school allowance
The back-to-school allowance (ARS) will increase from 1 May. It is intended for families with one or more children and helps households to cover the costs of the start of the school year in September, especially the purchase of supplies. However, as far as you are concerned, you will not receive this revaluation from the month of May, the aid will be paid in August.
Holiday vouchers accepted by the SNCF
If you’re used to traveling through France by train, good news: from May 1, you can use ANCV holiday vouchers to finance your travels. Coupons are indeed now accepted to pay for an SNCF train ticket on the company’s new application, SNCF Connect. Until then, it was only possible to use these vouchers at the station.
Tobacco price fluctuation
Depending on the brands, the prices of cigarette packs will rise or fall. Packages from the Rothmans and Vogue brands, among others, will fall by 10 cents, while those of the Winston brand will rise by 10 cents. The full list of the packages concerned can be found on the French customs website.
Increase in certain rents
Mainly as a result of inflation, the value of the Rent Reference Index (IRL), which determines the ceilings for the annual rent increase, increased by 2.48% in the first quarter of 2022. Rental contracts in prices that are indexed on the IRL, the owners have the option to pass on this increase from the month of May to the rents that are requested from the tenants. This new index was published on April 15, 2022 by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee) and has since stood at 133.93, compared to 130.69 a year earlier. For example, property owners will be able to increase the rent to keep them within this new index. Your rent can only be increased if a review clause is included in the lease. You can simulate the increase in your rent on the website of the Consumer Institute.
End of certain exceptional measures to combat Covid-19 in the workplace
The epidemic is easing and on May 1, the derogatory measures taken in companies to fight Covid-19 will come to an end. Since last January it has been possible for companies to postpone certain medical visits by the occupational health services, so that they can devote themselves to the vaccination campaign. This explains why some of your appointments, such as the Periodic Education and Prevention Visit (VIP) and the Periodic Medical Fitness Exam have been postponed recently.
The Department of Labor had also allowed companies to open additional dining options to limit interactions between employees during lunch. This exceptional measure will also expire on 1 May.
Reduction of support for energy renovation
Bad news if you plan to carry out energy-saving work in your home. While energy bills have skyrocketed since the start of the year, certain support for energy renovation will drop dramatically from Sunday, May 1. These are certain bonuses and “helping hands” paid under the Energy Savings Certificate System. This will be the case for floor insulation (about -32% support), flat roofs (-26%) and domestic hot water networks (-21%). According to the company Hellio, a specialist in energy renovation, the premiums for wall insulation will even fall by a third (33%) for homes heated by electricity and by more than half (58%) for apartments heated by gas. or oil. Contacted, the government assures it is thinking about how to rectify the situation. Already a hot-file for the next semester…