Faced with soaring prices that are not sparing school supplies, voices are being raised for the back-to-school allowance to be revalued and anticipated.

In recent hours, as the school year draws to a close, parents’ associations are already warning about the price of school supplies which could rise by 10% to 40% at the start of the next school year. Arrested at the end of January with an increase set at +25%, the prices of school supplies will experience a further increase in the coming months up to +40% therefore.

And faced with this inflation, the FCPE is asking for a revaluation of the back-to-school allowance. The main association of parents of students also wants a payment “at the beginning of July so that families can build their budget in the most suitable way possible”, declared Eric Labastie, the secretary general, at the microphone of France Info.

Already increased by +1.8% in April, the back-to-school allowance will be set, if nothing changes by then, at €376.98 for children aged 6 to 10, €397.78 for teenagers aged 11 to 14 and €411.56 for those aged 15 to 18.

Intended to mitigate the cost of back to school for families, the allowance has, each year, its detractors imagining that it is used more for pleasure purchases than for usefulness. However, the latest study on the subject commissioned by the National Family Allowance Fund (Cnaf) from from a representative sample of some 2,000 beneficiaries demonstrated that the back-to-school allowance was primarily used to purchase school supplies (95% of respondents) or clothing (89%). Next came expenses for insurance, canteen or transport (42%).