What is the future of APL? Controversy over housing assistance arises again

Like first-time buyers, renters also suffer big losses in the housing crisis. Despite the decline, interest rates are still high and prevent some people from accessing property. The waiting list for rental housing continues to grow, Among them, there are families who are particularly distressed because of their rising energy bills. housing assistance, and especially famous Pla Which became a problem for the government seven years ago, costing 15.4 billion euros in 2022. This amount is falling for the sixth consecutive year, linked to a decline in the number of beneficiaries to receive one, to 5.5 million (including 2.5 million for APL alone).

A situation that does not please the CLCV association which confirms that the APL represents an average of 219 euros per month per beneficiary family and targets more than 70% of the most modest families. The association recently published a petition Addressed by Prime Minister Gabriel Attal and Ministers Bruno Le Maire (Economy and Finance) and Guillaume Kasbarion (Housing). Target? Demanded increase in APL. Nearly 25,000 people have signed it in less than two weeks. ,We request a fixed fee (which is added to APL and includes energy expenditure) This was increased to 100 euros per month to cover at least 30% of the charges payable (Rent, electricity, heating, water, etc.), asks Jean-Yves Mano, president of the CLCV. We also ask that this package be made in line with inflation.,

APL will not be removed

Faced with mounting allegations, the association points to a “significant increase in unpaid bills”: according to the Social Union for Housing, 25% of tenants have not been paid in February 2024, compared to 3% in 2020. ,The state has been abandoning tenants for 18 years when the share of the APL devoted to paying energy charges last increased, and has even threatened to reduce or eliminate the APL altogether.», condemns Jean-Yves Mano.

The president of the CLCV cited a rumor that suggested the government was considering abolishing the APL. Information that the executive has repeatedly denied, ,I don’t know where it came from but I can definitely assure you that it was never in any ministry project. This is not my project, this is not my roadmap», the Housing Minister stressed before members of the Economic Affairs Committee of the National Assembly last week.

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