Tuesday, May 17

Everyday life. Livret A rate, toll rates, electricity and tobacco… What changes from February 1

February 1 is synonymous with an annual increase in toll rates and the entry into force of new taxi fares, but these are not the only increases to take effect on Tuesday. On the side of the health crisis, adjustments are also to be noted. We recap.

The passbook A rate goes to 1%

This is a first for more than ten years: the rate of remuneration of the livret A increases in February 1st, from 0.5% to 1%. This increase, recommended by the Governor of the Banque de France, was confirmed by the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, in mid-January.

The last increase in the rate of remuneration of the Livret A dates from 2011 when it went from 2 to 2.25%. Since then, this rate had only experienced consecutive declines until it reached the historically low rate of 0.5% in 2019. It had not left it since.

With a rate of 1%, the livret A therefore finds the level of remuneration of 2014, still far from the 4% observed in 2008… before the subprime crisis which will make it fall to 1.25% in 2009.

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What about other savings accounts?

The rate of the sustainable and solidarity development booklet (LDDS) also increases to 1%, as does that of the youth booklet, which cannot be lower than that of the booklet A.

As for the rate of popular savings account (LEP), it goes to 2.2%.

The rise in electricity prices limited to 4%

The announcement was made in September by Prime Minister Jean Castex: the government undertook, as part of its “price shield”, to limit the increase in regulated electricity prices to 4% in 2022. Energy Regulation Commission (CRE) specifies that this average increase will represent approximately 38 euros per year on the bill of a residential customer and 60 euros per year for a professional customer.

To keep its promise to limit the increase to 4%, the State has asked EDF, as the main shareholder, to increase its quota for the sale of energy “at knockdown prices”. A decision that does not pass with the management of the French energy company: it claims to be determined to “use all available means of appeal”, as soon as the government measure becomes enforceable. EDF announced at the end of last year that it was forced to increase its tariffs by 45% to cope with rising energy costs.

CRE, as an independent administrative authority, had also recommended an increase of 44.5% excluding tax in tariffs for residential consumers and 44.7% excluding tax in those applicable to eligible professional consumers. The increase would thus have been 330 euros per year for a residential customer and 540 euros per year for a professional customer.

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Gas prices still frozen

As for regulated natural gas tariffs, they remain frozen at their level of October 1, 2021 in accordance with Decree No. 2021-1380 of October 23, 2021.

In order to ensure the necessary transparency for market players, CRE also publishes the scales that would have been in effect in the absence of this measure. The average level of regulated sales tariffs on February 1, 2022 would have been 73.7%% excluding tax, i.e. 66.5% including tax, higher than the level in force set on October 1.

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Motorways: +2% to tolls on average

While many French people take to the road for the winter school holidays, scheduled this year between February 12 and March 7, the passage to the toll should weigh a little heavier on the household budget. According to figures from the Ministry of Transport released at the beginning of December, the prices of the main motorway networks should increase by 2% on average February 1st. The government has yet to formally approve the new tariffs.

The very strict contracts linking the motorway companies to the State provide for an automatic increase in toll rates every year on February 1, depending in particular on inflation and the works undertaken on the network. Last year, the average increase was 0.44%.

Taxis: identical prices to those of 2021

2022 taxi fares come into effect this Tuesday but these show no change from the previous year.

As in 2020 and 2021, the minimum fare remains set at 7.30 euros for all taxis. The ceilings remain at 4.18 euros for care, 1.12 euros for that of the kilometer travelled, and 37.46 euros for the hourly price for the waiting period (in the event of reservation by the customer) or slow walk.

For Parisian taxis, the booking supplements are identical to those applied in 2020 and 2021, as are the flat rates for direct journeys to or from the two airports.

Packages for races between Nice Côte d’Azur airport and Cannes, Monaco, Nice center or Cap d’Antibes also remain unchanged.

Evolution of the price of tobacco

Tobacco prices are also experiencing their increase from mardi, according to French Customs document.

Some brands increase the pack of 20 cigarettes by 10 cents, from 9.70 euros to 9.80 (Fortuna Cool and JPS Cool) or from 9.90 euros to 10 euros (Gauloises Blondes Bleu and News Rouge).

As for the packet of rolling tobacco (30 grams), that of Austin Red takes 20 cents, thus going from 13.20 to 13.90 euros.

On February 2, first lifting of health restrictions

Ten days after the entry into force of the vaccination pass, a first lifting of health restrictions takes place on Wednesday February 2.

Cultural establishments and stadiums will thus be able to fully reopen since this date marks the end of the gauges (2,000 people maximum) in establishments where the public is seated and masked.

The mask can, however, be abandoned outdoors.

As for telework, it remains recommended but the obligation of 3 to 4 days a week is obsolete.

Covid-19: the deadline for performing the booster dose shortened

From the February 15, for people over 18 years and one month, the deadlines for keeping your vaccination pass will be reduced, you will have to take your booster dose for 4 months, and no longer for 7 months.

According to the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, nine million French people could thus lose their vaccination pass in the absence of a booster dose by February 15.

Self-tests: extended sale in supermarkets

Authorized for sale in supermarkets at the end of December, the self-tests were to leave the shelves on January 31. Customers will eventually find some up to February 15, according to a decree published on Saturday January 21 in the Official Journal.

The text specifies that “the retail authorization, on an exceptional basis, of self-tests outside pharmacies, has made it possible to meet the very high demand”. According to figures from the Ministry of Health and Solidarity, 17 million self-tests were purchased in supermarkets between December 28 and January 16.

Restaurant vouchers: last month for the ceiling at 28 euros

Adopted due to the health crisis, the temporary derogations concerning the use of restaurant tickets, which are the daily ceiling of 38 euros and their validity on Sundays and public holidays, will end at the end of the month.

The 2021 restaurant tickets can also be used until February 28 but employees have the option of exchanging unused passes from the previous year with their employer, free of charge, for passes valid throughout the year.

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The first “baby boxes” distributed to parents

The parents of babies born in February will be the first to leave the maternity ward with their “baby box”, the prevention system put in place by the government. “Each object [de cette box] conveys and symbolizes a message intended to help parents. It will serve as a support for dialogue with families in the maternity ward, “said in particular the office of the Secretary of State for Children, Adrien Taquet, when the device was announced in October.

What is the “baby box”?

Inside this “baby box”, parents will find a sleeping bag which will explain how to put the baby to bed to avoid any accident such as sudden infant death syndrome; an album to make parents aware of the importance of the artistic and cultural awakening of infants; a soap to promote natural products and warn about endocrine disruptors and chemicals; as well as a moisturizer to remind the mother of the importance of taking time for herself. The parcel will be given in the form of a shoulder bag to encourage parents to go out and practice outdoor activities.

180,000 boxes will be distributed from February in maternity hospitals in municipalities with priority neighborhoods and rural revitalization municipalities. After an evaluation scheduled for the summer, the system could then be extended to the whole territory.

The “baby box” is one of the initiatives to raise parents’ awareness of the importance of the 1,000 days from the fourth month of pregnancy to the child’s two years, with an application and a dedicated site. The child psychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik had submitted in September 2020, at the request of the government, a report on these first 1,000 days of the child and recommended making support for young children and their parents a “priority for public action”. . The report proposed in particular to extend paternity leave to 9 weeks. This was eventually extended to 28 days.


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