Housing benefits: APL will Fall by 5 euros per Month from October 1st

APL housing benefit aid will be cut by 5 euros from October

HOUSING: Approximately 800,000 students each year will be affected by this reduction of assistance …

End of suspense and rumors. Personalized housing aid (APL) will fall to 5 euros per month per household from October. After the media in this weekend evoked a probable decline in housing subsidies, this Saturday the Ministry of territorial cohesion, responsible in particular housing, confirmed the news to AFP and France 2.

A complete abolition of APL “never contemplated”

The APL will undergo “a drop of 5 euros per month per household from October following the implementation of a budget saving reform decided under the previous five-year period and not yet applied,” said a ministry official. And to clarify that a complete abolition of APL, mentioned by some media, “has never been considered” and would have “no sense”.

APL, which represent 40% of the aid to housing, will affect more than 2.6 million homes in the first quarter 2017, with an average assistance of 225 euros. And the first victims of movement of the plane should be students. About 800,000 of them each year affect this aid has become indispensable to pay ever higher rents.

“We are spending twice as much as our European neighbours in housing assistance”

To recall, the Minister of Public Accounts, Gerald Darmanin had reaffirmed Thursday in the National Assembly that the reduction of public spending would be the major focus of the five-year period. In the crosshairs of the executive, were therefore aid for housing and especially personal assistance in housing known as the APL.

“We are spending twice as much as our European neighbors in housing assistance, and the French are still experiencing many difficulties in finding housing,” had meanwhile, said on July 4 the Prime Minister Edouard Philippe during his policy speech General to the national Assembly. Note that the decline in housing aid had already been passed in the previous five years, under President  François Hollande .

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