The Senate voted on the evening of Tuesday, August 2, a government amendment to the draft amending budget for 2022 acknowledging aid of 230 million euros for homes heating with fuel oil, proposed by opposition deputies. In the National Assembly, the amendment of LR Jérôme Nury had been voted with the alliance of the oppositions Nupes, LR and RN, while the government defended a more limited measure of 50 million euros.
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The government amendment adopted by the Senate provides for the opening, on the program “Energy, climate and post-mining”230 million euros in loans “to finance targeted support measures for low-income households still heated by fuel oil, in a context of rising energy prices”. These measures will be specified by regulation and limited in time.
Three million people heated with oil
The Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire proposed to involve parliamentarians in defining the targeting of households who will be able to benefit from this additional aid. Three million people are still heated with fuel oil, according to the minister.
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According to rapporteur Jean-François Husson (LR), “a form of targeting seems necessary, firstly to exclude households heating their second homes with oil”.
The Senate must complete overnight the first reading of the amending finance bill for 2022.