IF your home is heated by fioul and you are living on a very low income then government support is available towards the payment of bills.
Householders who were not required to pay any income tax in 2006, and who have filled up their heating system from November 10 and up until January 31 can apply for a €150 assistance package.
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Nice to know that some people are getting nice and warm at home, with the help of 150 euros for their fuel tanks!
I know that there are hundreds of thousands out there, on low or modest income, exempt from Tax (local or otherwise), who live in rented property, and whose heating type is forced upon them, who will NOT qualify.
Like myself, they are obliged to pay horrendous Electrical bills for heating - with no help!
Not even a bit of help if you go and buy yourself (if you can afford it) a petrol heater, even although this (to my mind) constitutes a form of "reservoir"! Why is this the case? Why should people who have (or had) high enough incomes to buy their own homes with fioul heating tanks get help, whilst the REAL needy don't?
NEVER is this question addressed by any Government, certainly not in France. I understand that the UK have a sort of "Winter grant" in particular for Pensioners, but I've never heard of a similar thing in France - or am I wrong?
(iwmpop) Mr le Marquis (and I'm not living in or trying to heat a Chateau!!)
Posted by: Ian Mitchell | 16 January 2008 at 11:05
I'm afraid I don't know of an assistance scheme for those whose homes are heated with other fuel types.
The Service Public site is an extensive resource:
And I wonder if the local Mairie may be able to help point you in the right direction.
I'm sure others would appreciate a line or two should you be able to find out more.
Posted by: Craig McGinty | 17 January 2008 at 08:43