VIDEOS – Nearly 6 million households spend more than 10% of their income to their expenditure of energy in their homes. The cheque-energy, a tool for the fight against energy poverty, will help some… but not others.
The figures are alarming. Nearly 12 million people had difficulty paying their bills of electricity and gas, and the check energy – which will come into force on January 1, 2018 – will not help them all, prevents in Le Parisien-today in France the national Observatory of energy precariousness (ONPE). The law on the energy transition passed in 2015 has introduced this scheme to help households with low income to pay their bills, regardless of the type of energy (gas, electricity, fuel oil, wood, etc.) or to achieve energy-efficient renovation work. Currently at the experimental stage, it should benefit from 2018 to 4 million households, replacing the social tariffs of electricity and gas. It relates to persons whose income in annual tax does not exceed 7700 euros for a single person, or 11.150 euros for a couple, and 2310 euros per additional person in the household. In the Ardèche, Aveyron, Côtes d’armor and Pas-de-Calais, 173.000 cheques were sent in m ay last to homes identified as precarious, says the daily, which adds that 100,000 of them have been returned to a supplier of energy. The amount of the cheque amounted to 48 and 227 euros per year, depending on income.
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the department of Energy, it is considered a successful test. “Except that when the cheque energy will be deployed throughout the territory, there will be some winners but also many losers,” says a connoisseur of the folder at Paris, which provides that some 1.3 million French will be affected by this check and will receive less money than before: up to now, the people who had the price of first necessity (TPN) for electricity, but is heated by gas and cumulated with the special rate of solidarity (TSS) were paid on average eur 220 per year. With the check of energy, the amount will drop to 150 euros or 70 euros. Very far from the amount considered necessary by the Observatory to reduce fuel poverty. According to its experts, it would be necessary to reduce the energy bill of households between 526 and 735 euros per year.
Almost 6 million households are considered to be in fuel poverty situation, that is to say that they spend more than 10% of their income for their energy costs in their housing, and they report a sensation of cold is linked to a heating equipment fails or has poor insulation. “One million households cumuleraient a situation of discomfort of the heat (cold sensation) and economic vulnerability”, in relation to energy expenditure, also indicates the ONPE in its report published on Tuesday. Two years ago at the previous edition of this observation, the ONPE was felt that fuel poverty was 5.1 million households and about 11.5 million people. Not surprisingly, households in a situation of economic precariousness or social are obviously the ones who have the most difficulty paying their energy bills.
tenants are also sureprésentés, as single people or single-parent families, and households living in older housing or with a heating. Since 2008, the energy prices in France have increased by 35%. And this is not finished: the Commission of energy regulation announced yesterday that the tariff that remunerates the distributor of current Enedis (ex-ERDF) will grow by an average of 2.71% 1 August 2017… which will pounce the invoice of households of 2%.