Christmas bonus: 2.3 million low-income households benefited this year

A “boost” to the amount unchanged for 13 years, despite inflation. The Christmas bonus will be paid on December 15 to “2.3 million low-income households”, the Ministry of Solidarity said on Friday.

Set up by the government of Lionel Jospin in 1998, this aid of at least 152.45 euros is granted to beneficiaries of certain social minima, such as the active solidarity income (RSA), the specific solidarity allowance (ASS) and the pension equivalent allowance (AER), the ministry said in a statement.

This bonus will be paid automatically on December 15, without the beneficiaries having to take any steps. “Awarded to more than 2.3 million households, the Christmas bonus represents a boost for the most vulnerable households before the end of year celebrations”, underlines the ministry. It “reflects the government’s commitment to supporting the purchasing power of low-income households”.

A device adjusted according to the households

Its amount will be fixed for the beneficiaries of the ASS and the AER, while it will vary according to the composition of the households for the beneficiaries of the RSA.

As since 2009, the amount of this Christmas bonus will be 152.45 euros for a single person, 228.67 euros for a two-person household (couple without children, single adult with a child) and 274.41 euros for three people (couple with one child, single adult with two children).

From four people, the amount of the premium is higher for a single-parent household (335.39 euros) than for a couple with two children (320.14 euros) and the premium is supplemented by 60.98 euros per additional child .

This device is in addition to the exceptional solidarity aid of 100 euros, plus 50 euros per dependent child, paid in September to beneficiaries of social minima.


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