RTL Today – “Technical error”: Some households received a lower rent allowance than expected

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The Housing Benefit Upgrading Act, which implements an element of the Spring Tripartite Agreement, came into force on 1 August.

However, when applying the new values, it turned out that the version of the text tabled and voted on by the Chamber of Deputies and published in the Official Journal contained a technical error. This error concerns less than 1% of the beneficiary population and will be rectified as soon as possible by an amending bill with retroactive effect from August 1, which is scheduled to be presented to the Council of Government on September 2, 2022.

The technical error concerns the ceiling of resources to access the maximum monthly aid, which is set at €400 for the category of households with three or more children. This ceiling is indicated in the appendix to the law in the table of calculation parameters. This net annual income ceiling for access to the maximum monthly benefit of €400 should be €8,937 (index 100). The ceiling currently shown in the table is €6,937.

The effect of this error is that beneficiary households with three or more children whose annual net income currently exceeds €58.26 will receive a lower rental allowance than intended. In total, 31 households currently benefiting from a rent allowance are concerned. The amount of the subsidy paid to them is not lower than that granted before the entry into force of the new law of July 22, 2022. After recalculation of the files concerned, all the households concerned will be informed by mail of the updated amount of the rent. grant. The technical error has no impact on the eligibility of households for housing benefit.

The correction of the technical error will apply retroactively to 1 August 2022, so that each beneficiary household concerned – which has thus received a reduced amount of aid due to the technical error – will receive the difference as soon as the publication of the amending law. Thus, all beneficiaries will receive the total amount of aid initially provided by the government. No action is required on the part of the beneficiaries concerned.

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