Packets of cigarettes at 10 euros, gas prices on the rise and menus without meat or fish in the canteens: the month of November is synonymous with several changes in the daily life of the French.
Beyond the reform of unemployment insurance, which tightens the conditions of access and reinstates the degression of daily allowances, the changes are numerous to come into force this Friday, November 1.
Unemployment insurance: what the new reform will change
Increase in the price of tobacco
This year, the traditional launch of the Tobacco Free Month is accompanied by an increase of 0.50 cents on average per packet. According to a decree published in the Official Journal on October 17, the price of a package of Malboro goes from 8.80 euros to 9.30 euros. Likewise, the price of packs of Camel and Philip Morris brands increases from 8.60 euros to 9.10 euros. Certain packages will thus reach the threshold of 10 euros, like the Gauloises Brunes and the Gitanes. This ninth increase comes as the government wants to arrive at a price of 10 euros per package on average in 2020.
Gas prices are on the rise again
Engie’s regulated tariffs excluding tax will increase by 3% in November. In detail, this increase is 0.8% for customers who use gas for cooking, 1.8% for those who have dual use, cooking and hot water, and 3.2% for households which are heated with gas. However, since January 1, 2019, these prices have fallen by 11.5%, details the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
Increase in the price of the Paris metro ticket book
Another increase planned for this January 1 for Ile-de-France residents: that of the T + ticket book. Originally sold 14.90 euros, it will cost from Friday 16.90 euros. Ile-de-France Mobilités wishes to encourage users to use their Navigo pass or their smartphone, for which the prices will not change. Valérie Pécresse, president of the region, and Ile-de-France Mobilités hope to see this cardboard ticket disappear by the end of 2020 while 29 million ticket books are sold in the region each year.
The Navigo smartphone pass is launched
Revaluation of the disabled adult allowance
Another change: on November 1, the Disabled Adult Allowance (AAH) goes from 860 to 900 euros for a single person, ie an increase of 4.6%. However, some disabled people as a couple will not be able to benefit from it. The Secretary of State in charge of people with disabilities recognized in October that it will remain stable for 67,500 of them because the decree published in the Official Journal lowers the resource ceiling for people in couples who can claim this allowance. AHH is perceived, according to the Secretary of State, by 1.2 million people with disabilities, of which 270,000 are in couples.
Revalued supplementary retirement pensions
Former employees in the private sector will see their Agirc-Arrco supplementary retirement pension increase by 1%. According to Agric-Arcco, this revaluation translates into an annual increase in the allowances paid of around 800 million euros.
Launch of complementary solidarity health
Complementary universal health coverage (CMU-C) and payment assistance for complementary health insurance (ACS) are merging to become the new “complementary health solidarity”. This system makes it possible to better cover the health costs of the poorest. For those insured under the current CMU-C: complementary solidarity health will remain free, with the same level of reimbursement. For the population eligible for the ACS (whose income is less than 1,007 euros for a single person), the guarantees will be aligned with those of the CMU-C, with a financial contribution increasing with age: from 8 euros per month up to ‘at 29 years old, at 30 euros from 70 years old.
Health: universal “contributory” coverage from 8 euros per month
Vegetarian menus in school canteens
Under the Egalim law, passed in 2018, all school canteens, from kindergarten to high school, will have to offer a vegetarian menu per week from tomorrow. These menus must not include meat, fish, shellfish or seafood, but they may include eggs and dairy products. This system is set up for two years on an experimental basis.