Energy check: when will it be paid?
The 2023 energy check will be paid “from April 21” to around “5.8 million households”, the Minister for Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher announced on Monday on RMC. “It covers an amount ranging from 48 to around 200 euros depending on your level of income. It is automatic and you can use it to pay your electricity bill, gas, wood, all the energy used to heat you, ”she added.
Distributed since 2018, the energy check is paid once a year in the spring, to which was added at the end of 2022 an exceptional check of 100 to 200 euros for 12 million households.
In addition, and also subject to resources, a fuel check of 100 to 200 euros, aid of 50 to 200 euros for those heating with wood and a fuel allowance of 100 euros have also been announced since the end of 2022.
The government has also limited the increase in electricity sales tariffs to 15% in 2023, after 4% in 2022.
43 billion euros spent in two years
The Court of Auditors urged the government on Friday to get out “definitively” of “whatever the cost” and to make the recovery of public finances degraded by successive crises “a national priority”, crushing a lack of ambition in the matter.
If the price shield on electricity and gas, rebates at the pump or even the energy check enabled France to post the lowest inflation rate in the euro zone last year, these measures represent a net cost of nearly 43 billion euros over two years.