The decision to pay aid to “big rollers” from the start of the school year to help them pay for their fuel has not yet been decided and “several scenarios” are on the table, energy transition minister Agnès Pannier said on Friday. -Runcher. “We are at the discussion stage, we have several scenarios on the table: a high-roller scenario, with the objective of being able to pay very quickly, because that is one of the issues,” said the minister, on the antenna of the RMC radio.
The decision is not yet made
“As of September or October, you have to be able to have the money in your bank account, because if you are told ‘it’s great, there is a large wheeler device, but it’s in March or April next’, I think it will not meet the needs of French people”, she added. The government has decided to extend at least until the end of August the discount on fuel of 18 cents (in mainland France), established since April 1, which was to be replaced by a “big wheeler” device at the start of the school year.
“For those who travel a lot of kilometers a day, either to get to their job, or as part of their job”, a device “will be put in place (…) at the start of the school year to accompany (them), ” indicated Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on June 7. According to Agnès Pannier-Runacher, the decision on the evolution of the support provided by the government to help the French cope with the fuel surge has not been taken to date.
Contours still blurred
“It is quite the discussion that is on the table, it is to know if we make this aid big rollers, if we extend the 18 cents, if we extinguish the 18 cents, in what way, on what date? “said the Minister, also referring to the mileage scale, a recently upgraded device that allows taxed households to deduct part of their fuel expenses as business expenses.
The government is at the “consultation” stage with trade unions and business representatives, said the minister, hoping for a discussion that takes into account “other purchasing power measures”, such as the increase in pensions, for example.
“To put the right answer on fuel, we must also integrate all the other means by which we are going to allow the French to increase their purchasing power”, concluded Ms. Pannier-Runacher, for whom “it would be stupid to treat each subject in a disconnected way: the purchasing power of the French is basically what they have in their bank account, which allows them to cope with the increases”.