Fuel aid returns in 2023, but for large rollers only

Baptiste Morin, edited by Juliette Moreau Alvarez

In two weeks, government and TotalEnergies pump rebates, totaling 50 cents per litre, will decrease before eventually disappearing. Despite this, the government wants to put in place targeted assistance for those who need it most. A measure whose contours are still emerging.

This Tuesday, the discount at the pump of 30 cents will be extended for 15 days, as will the discount of 20 cents at TotalEnergies stations. But beyond that, this discount is bound to decrease and then disappear.

In 2023, we can expect targeted aid to replace the discount for all. This should be the return of the famous aid for large rollers. It had already been discussed last summer, but the deputies of the Les Républicains group had oriented the government’s choice towards a general discount. According to studies, this discount has mainly helped the wealthiest. “The problem with discounts is that we do not know if they are well used by those who need them and we do not know if they are sufficient for them”, notes Virginie Monvoisin, economist and professor at the school. management of Grenoble. “On the other hand, we know that they also benefit those who do not need them.”

Two main conditions, no verification

To benefit from this new aid, two conditions must be met: declare a modest level of income and own a vehicle. Bercy is still working on the required contours. The ministry must define the income threshold, but also the amount of aid. The entourage of the Minister of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal recognizes that it will be complicated for the State to verify that a beneficiary is indeed using his car to go to work.

According to the first elements, some 11 million households could benefit from this targeted aid. The finance bill provides for a budget of 1.5 billion euros.


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