Who is eligible for €100-200?

People in France who use fuel oil for heating their homes should receive a ‘energy check‘ (energy check) from €100 to €200 from the government from 8 November.

Who is eligible for the check?

The government has confirmed that the aid will be available for households that have not benefited from other measures to cope with the cost of rising energy prices.

Public Accounts Minister Gabriel Attal said: “This summer, Parliament voted 230 million euros to help the households concerned, which could not benefit from the shield put in place for other energy sources. .

The government has indicated that 1.4 million households, out of the 2.8 million that heat with oil, could benefit from this check. 2020 income will be taken into account for the calculation.

The amount received will depend on your income and the number of dependents living in your home. For instance:

  • €200 for a single person at Smic* with at least one child

  • €100 for a single person with minimum wage* without children

  • €100 for a single person with two children earning around 3,000 net per month

Mr. Attal said: “On the website chequeenergie.gouv.fra calculator will allow you to see if you are eligible.

The calculator also lets you know if you will receive €100 or €200.

*Smic is the French acronym for minimum wage (minimum salary for growth). In 2022, it is now €11.07 per hour, for a monthly salary of €1,678.95 gross, for a 35-hour working week.

How can households get the check?

  • The check will be sent automatically by the end of November to households that have already used an energy check to pay a fuel bill in the past;

  • Other eligible households will be able to apply via a dedicated online platform. It will open on November 8.

  • These other households will have to send in an oil bill (still unpaid) to receive assistance the following month.

Aid is not eligible for heating oil bills that have already been paid, the government said.

How can households use the check?

Households “do not need to wait for this check to be sent to refuel”, specifies the ministry.

The check will be valid until March 2024, and “can also be used to pay the electricity bills” of households who have already filled up with fuel oil this year, said Mr. Attal. It can also be saved for future oil bills.

A statement from the Ministry of the Economy adds that eligible households will be able to use the check to help pay “all types of energy bills (gas, electricity, fuel oil, wood pellets, etc.)” if households have already fill up with fuel. oil”.

The ministry added that consumers could ask their oil companies to set up installments for payments, depending on their capacity.

Read more: Inflation aid, energy check: to whom are these additional French benefits due?

She added that the aid would be granted in addition to the usual energy check, which is sent in the spring to around six million households.

It will also be paid in addition to the single end-of-year check, which will be sent to 40% of households (i.e. 12 million households), to help them pay the 15% increase in gas and electricity prices. scheduled for early 2023.

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