So, what else is there to know…………
Energy prices are going up
With inflation in France at its highest in decades and global energy prices having sky-rocketed in 2022, 2023 is set to start with a series of price hikes. Firstly, the 4% cap on energy tariffs went up on 1st January, meaning a potential increase of up 15% on gas and electricity bills. In practice, this means that average household bills are likely to go up by around 20€ a month.
Petrol subsidies come to an end
Petrol prices increase from January, with the government’s fuel rebate ending on December 31st. However, a fuel grant of 100€ is available for low-income workers who rely on their car for work. Full details can be found in this link to the government website Indemnité carburant de 100 € : comment ça marche ? | impots.gouv.fr
Increase in the minimum wage
France’s minimum wage (or SMIC) has gone up 1.8%, putting the gross monthly wage at 1,709.28€ or 1,353€ net. Importantly, this figure is used as the basis for calculating the sufficient funds needed for a French visa, so we can expect the required minimum income to go up accordingly.
Increase in motorway tolls
French motorway tolls are set to go up from 1st February with an average 4.75% increase.
Expected increase to savings interest rates
The interest rate on the popular tax-free savings accounts, the Livret A and the Livret de Développement et Solidaire (LDDS), is re-assessed every six months and it is expected that the rate will be increased to at least 3% per annum on both accounts with effect from 1st February.
France is going paperless
You will have probably already noticed that some stores are asking if you want a receipt or not, and more and more shops are offering the option for an emailed receipt. From April, this more eco-friendly practice will become standard practice at all shops. Thus, if you still require a printed receipt, you will have to specifically ask for one.
Cold call relief
Some better news if, like me, you are constantly being harrassed by cold callers – new regulations from next March mean that commercial phone calls can no longer be made on weekends, evenings after 20h00, or lunchtime from 13h00 to 14h00.
Review your finances
The last few years have been somewhat different to say the least. A global pandemic swiftly followed by war in Europe, both of which we haven’t experienced for generations. These highly unusual events have proved very challenging for many including governments, health workers and investors. The start of a new year is always a good time to review your finances. I am here to help and I would be very happy to sit down with you for a review to ensure that your financial plan is on track to achieve your longer term objectives. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 06 89 20 32 47.