Electricity, gas, meal vouchers …: what changes on August 1st

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Photo of a gas stove taken on February 23, 2011 in Lille.

CHANGES – This is a date that will mark several new things. This Sunday, August 1, gas and electricity prices will increase, as well as the price of visitor parking in Paris”. Several other measures will come into force later this month. We take stock.

The regulated sales tariff (TRV) for natural gas sold by Engie will increase by 5.3% on August 1, after an increase of nearly 10% in July.

“This increase is 1.6% for customers who use gas for cooking, 3.3% for those who have dual use, cooking and hot water, and 5.5% for homes that heat themselves. gas ”, details the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) in a press release.

The price of gas has increased in recent months due to the economic recovery, especially in Asia where demand and prices are very high.

Other factors are mentioned by CRE, such as the strong demand for gas for European storage facilities, which are in great demand because of the temperatures that remained low until spring, but also maintenance operations in the North Sea and the increase in gas consumption for electricity production.

  • Electricity tariff increase

Regulated electricity sales tariffs should also increase by 0.48% in France from August 1.

The Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) proposes to the Ministers of Energy and the Economy to increase the regulated tariffs for the sale of electricity (TRVE) by 0.48% for blue residential tariffs and by 0 , 38% for professional blue rates, according to a press release.

This increase would represent around 4 euros per year on the bill of a residential customer and 6 euros for a professional.

According to CRE, it reflects in particular the increase in the transmission component after the entry into force of the new tariff for the use of public electricity networks.

  • Restaurant vouchers soon to expire

August will also be the last month of the year to use the 2020 meal vouchers. As of August 31, it will no longer be possible to use them.

As recalled France Blue, their use is limited to 38 euros per day, Sundays and public holidays included, and the ceiling is maintained at 19 euros per day in supermarkets.

  • Increase in the “visitor” parking rate in Paris

From August 1, 2021, the visitor rate for cars in the capital will drop from 4 to 6 euros per hour in the center of the capital (from the 1st to the 11th arrondissement) and from 2.4 to 4 euros per hour in the outer boroughs.

Post-parking passes (FPS), which have replaced fines since 2018, will also see a marked increase: from 50 to 75 euros in the center, from 35 to 50 euros in the outer districts.

  • Extension of the sanitary pass in bars, restaurants, planes or trains

Initially announced for the first days of August, the extension of the health pass will finally come into force on August 9. The health pass has been compulsory since July 21 in places of leisure and culture (cinemas, museums, etc.) which bring together more than 50 people.

It must be extended to café-restaurants, fairs and exhibitions, planes, long-distance trains and coaches, as well as to medical establishments.

It will therefore now be necessary to present a negative Covid test, a vaccination certificate or a certificate of recovery to enter several establishments.

  • Launch of Pass’Sport

This measure was announced in 2020. The Pass’Sport, a sports allowance of 50 euros for children aged 6 to 18. It will concern all families benefiting from the back-to-school allowance, and will come into force from August 15.

According to France Blue, this pass “aims to allow them to take a license in a sports club from September 2021”.

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