What changes in France in October
Changes this month include more financial help for single-parent families, another rise in gas prices for Engie customers, and a drop in salary contributions for unemployment insurance.
Single parent childcare
From October 1 2018, there will be an increase of 30% in allowance given to single parents for the individual care for a child under six years of age.
The financial aid will apply for single parents requiring the services of an at-home nanny, a babysitter, or a small crèche. Depending on the number of children and the number of hours of childcare, this means that monthly aid could rise by up to €250 per month.
Gas prices for customers of utility company Engie are to rise by an average of 3.25% in October, affecting 4.5 million households. The rise will include 1% for those who use gas to cook, 3.3% for those who use it to heat their homes, and 2% for those who do both.
This is the sixth consecutive month of price rises.
Employee contributions for unemployment insurance are to disappear completely in October, which will mean more take-home pay for workers.
Salary contributions for the insurance had already dropped from 2.4% to 0.95% in January, but employees will feel the benefit more this month, as January’s drop also coincided with a 1.7% rise in social security contributions.
Digitisation of public contracts
From October 1, businesses or associations that seek to win a public contract worth more than €25,000 will have to bid and communicate electronically. The decision on contracts will also be sent electronically.
Once a contract is awarded, the official signature of acceptance will also need to be electronic, replacing handwritten signatures completely.
This last stage will be phased in over a transition period, to allow businesses to obtain the necessary electronic signature certificates.
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