Sick leave, tariff shield, Livret A… What changes on February 1st

The end of derogatory sick leave, the extension of the tariff shield, the increase in the price of tolls… Overview of what is changing at 1er February 2023.


Several changes, which will be effective on 1er February, will impact the purchasing power of the French (illustrative image).
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VSs at the beginning of each month, the French will have to acclimatize to various changes in their daily lives. Starting Wednesday 1er February, the government notably recorded the end of the derogatory regime, which provided, among other things, for the elimination of the waiting period for work stoppages issued after a positive test for Covid-19. It will therefore no longer be possible to request them directly on the dedicated Health Insurance page. Put in place at the start of the epidemic in 2020, this system had been extended several times.

However, this does not mean the end of work stoppages for people who test positive for Covid-19. They will still be able to obtain sick leave issued by a doctor, but this will be subject to the classic waiting period to obtain daily compensation from Social Security and the additional salary paid by the employer.

The tariff shield set up in 2021, and extended until December 2022 for gas, and until 1er February 2023 for electricity, was renewed by the State in 2023. The finance law for 2023 extends it once again, until June 30, 2023. The increase in tariffs has been limited to 15% since June 1er January for gas, and also 15% for electricity, starting Wednesday 1er february.

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The passbook A rate goes to 3%

Another change for the portfolio of many French people, the rate of the livret A drops to 3% from the 1er February, which is its highest rate for fifteen years. As a reminder, everyone is able to hold an A booklet. There is no condition of age, nationality, or tax residence in France. The interest on this interest-bearing savings account is exempt from income tax and social security contributions. All banking institutions can offer it and its ceiling is set at €22,950 for individuals. In addition, the popular savings account rate (LEP) is also raised to 6.1%.

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For travellers, the conditions for exchanging and refunding train tickets will be tightened on 1er february. An exchange will now cost users 19 euros from a week before departure, while the operation has been free up to three days before departure since 2020.

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In addition, taxi fares will increase. From 1er February 2023, the price of the race will not be able to drop below 7.65 euros, against 7.30 euros previously. The maximum price per kilometer traveled is increased to 1.21 euros and to 38.96 euros for the maximum hourly price. The increase in motorway toll prices, announced by the government in December, will also take place this Wednesday with prices which will increase by an average of 4.75%.

The ceilings of “MaPrimeRénov'” on the rise

Faced with the energy crisis and to encourage the French to be more sober, the government has decided to increase the aid granted within the framework of “MaPrimeRénov'” from 1er february. This system, which makes it possible to finance energy renovation work on the common areas of condominiums, will see its ceilings raised from 15,000 to 25,000 euros. The ceilings of “MaPrimeRénov ‘serenity’, intended for low-income households, “will be increased from 30,000 to 35,000 euros to better support them in their global renovation projects”, noted the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

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