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Voting, bills, benefits: 5 French practical articles

A review of recent articles that you may have missed

See what help may be available for care home fees and how the UK Autumn statement may affect those living in France Pic: Jeanette Teare / pikselstock / Renata Photography / Niyazz / Shutterstock

How are Britons in France affected by changes back at home? 

This article looks at how Britons who have made the move to France may be affected by the new Autumn statement.

It reviews pension changes for French residents, as well as changes to National Insurance contributions.

It also gives an overview of other changes that may impact readers, and in particular younger people.

Read more: UK Autumn statement: are there changes for Britons living in France?

Reminder for Britons to re-register to vote 

Britons should make sure they are registered to vote for next year’s UK general election, as changes to rules mean even those overseas for more than 15 years will be able to vote. 

Our article reviews the process to register to vote in the upcoming election. 

Note there is a relatively short time available to re-register.

Read more: Details released on how Britons abroad can re-register to vote in UK

How to get cheaper energy bills 

We look at six top tips to reduce the cost of your energy bills. 

Most of the tips revolve around research on prices – looking not just at the base rate, but potential changes to the monthly price, hidden fees, and costs per hour. 

The article also looks at customer satisfaction rates and customer service – a slightly more expensive bill can be cheaper in the long run if you do not have to spend hours on the phone if you have a minor issue.

Another article looks at the rules on compensation for energy blackouts in France

Read more: Six tips for comparing energy suppliers in France to lower bills

Read more: How compensation for electricity power cuts works in France

Care home fees 

This article reviews care home fees and looks at what financial support may be available. 

It looks at the main state aids, as well as the concept of selling your home ‘en viager’ – selling your home but retaining use of it until your death.

Read more: How to get help to pay for care home fees in France

‘Compassionate leave’ benefit rules 

Finally, this article looks at the rules of Ajpa, the state benefit for those taking time off of work to look after a close relative. 

It is a daily payment that can cover up to 22 days in one month. 

We also explain how you can apply for the benefit. 

Read more: French benefit: Ajpa the caregiver or compassionate leave allowance

As a bonus, this article lists recent changes announced in France – some of which have already come into effect this month, some from December 1, with some set to take effect in 2024 or beyond.

Read more: Fuel allowance, fines, GPs: 15 changes in France you may have missed

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