Christmas bonus 2022: an upgrade that falls through

[CHRISTMAS BONUS 2022] The beneficiaries of the Christmas bonus are going to be disappointed. While some unions were calling for an increase in aid, to face the increase in the cost of living, the government confirmed quite different news. Details.

  Christmas bonus 2022: a revaluation that falls to the'eau

This was an announcement expected by many beneficiaries and some unions: was the amount of the 2022 Christmas bonus going to be increased or not? The government has decided and the answer is no. According to website information thank you for the information , the office of the Minister of Solidarity Jean-Christophe Combe confirmed that the aid, paid to more than 2 million French people, will not be revalued. And this, despite inflation which reached a record rate of 10.7% in October. The CGT and the CFDT recently demanded that the bonus for Christmas be increased so that households can cope with the increase in the cost of living. The CGT even wanted a revaluation to 500 euros and that the aid be extended to 'all unemployed persons' . On the side of the CFDT, it was estimated 'that it would be logical for the Christmas bonus to be revalued taking into account the level of inflation'. A logic that is not that of the executive obviously, while yet in recent months other social benefits have been able to benefit from an exceptional revaluation. The only exception that was made dates back to the year 2008, under Sarkozy, when the Christmas bonus was readjusted by 2.8% in view of the price increase at the time. Nevertheless, Macron's government will certainly specify, as every beginning of December, the possible contours of the 2022 Christmas bonus.

Who is eligible for the 2022 Christmas Bonus? Terms

The Christmas bonus is intended for households counted as the most precarious, those who already receive these social minima: the RSA (active solidarity income), the ASS (specific income allowance) or the AER (equivalent allowance retirement). Depending on individual circumstances, it is paid by the CAF, the MSA, or by Pôle Emploi.

Christmas bonus paid by Pôle Emploi

If your right to one of the allowances below is in progress for the month of November or December 2022, you will be able to receive the Christmas bonus which will be automatically paid to you by Pôle Emploi. Beneficiaries of social minima eligible for it are those who are entitled to:

  • The specific solidarity allowance (ASS)
  • The specific training solidarity allowance (ASS-F)
  • Pension equivalent allowance (AIR)
  • Public internship compensation (RPS) 
  • Remuneration for Pôle Emploi training (RFPE) 
  • Assistance in setting up and taking over a business (ACRE-ASS)

► The amount paid by Pôle Emploi remains fixed in 2022: 152.45 euros for mainland France and the overseas departments and 76.22 euros in Mayotte.

Christmas bonus paid by CAF or MSA for RSA beneficiaries

The Christmas bonus is paid by the CAF or the MSA to beneficiaries of the Active Solidarity Income (RSA) the amount of which varies according to the composition of the family and the number of children. To benefit from the Christmas bonus, your right to one of these allowances must be in progress for the month of November or December 2022. If you are a new beneficiary, the Christmas bonus will then be paid to you in January 2023 .

For ASS or AER beneficiaries

For people who receive the lump sum premium for resumption of activity, the ASS or the AER, the amount of the premium is fixed, regardless of the number of members in your household. The amount of the Christmas bonus for these eligible people is also 152.45 euros.

Want to see the prime of Noël?

Different organizations pay the Christmas bonus. Depending on your professional and family situation, it will be distributed by Pôle Emploi, the Caisse des Family allowances or the Caisse centrale de la Mutualité sociale agricole.

How do I know if I can get the Christmas bonus?

To find out if you can claim the Christmas bonus, just do a simulation on the site ! After answering the questions, you will know your rights and the aid you can claim.

How much is the Christmas bonus in 2022?

The amount of the Christmas bonus has remained unchanged in recent years. However, not all recipients will receive the same amount. An unemployed beneficiary, in particular at the end of his rights, will be entitled to the fixed amount of €152.45 , paid by Pôle emploi. On the other hand, if you are eligible for the Christmas bonus paid by CAF, you will be able, depending on the composition of your family - and subject to receiving the RSA beforehand - to receive up to 442.10 euros.

Childless €152.45


1 child €228.67 €274.41
2 children €274.41 €320.14
3 children €335.39 €381.12
4 children €396.37 €442.10
Per additional child €60.98 €60.98

In Mayotte, the amount of the Christmas bonus is significantly lower. In this overseas department, the aid is set at 76.22 euros. For RSA beneficiaries in a 2-person household, the amount is 114.34 euros; for 3 people at 137.20 euros and for 4 people at 160.06 euros.

When will the 2022 Christmas bonus be paid?

This year, the payment of the Christmas bonus begins on December 15, 2022. On the other hand, in a specific case, the payment of the aid will be postponed. If in December 2022, you receive the RSA for the first time, you will only receive the Christmas bonus in January 2023. It should also be noted that payment times can take several days depending on your bank but also depending on the treatment of the CAF, Pôle Emploi or the MSA which grants the aid. Some people should expect to see it in their bank account between December 18 and 20.

Are the Christmas bonus and the activity bonus cumulative?

A single scenario allows the two bonuses to be combined. If in November or December 2022 you receive the activity bonus, you must imperatively respect this condition: receive the base RSA (regardless of the amount) + the activity bonus without ever exceeding the amount of the basic RSA which corresponds to the composition of your family

What are the steps to benefit from the Christmas bonus?

To request or obtain the Christmas bonus, it's simple, no steps are required. If you are eligible and you receive the RSA, the Christmas bonus is automatically paid by the CAF or the MSA depending on your situation. Do you receive the ASS, the AER or the flat-rate premium for resumption of activity? It will then be Pôle Emploi who will take care of the payment , usually within 15 days before Christmas. In all cases, the payment of the Christmas bonus is made automatically to the bank accounts of the persons concerned. A word of advice: if you are a beneficiary of the Rsa in November or December 2022, make sure that the information communicated to your CAF is up to date to avoid any error or delay in payment.

Is the Christmas bonus taxable?

When filing your income tax return, you don't need to mention the Christmas bonus. Indeed, the Christmas bonus is not taken into account in the calculation of the tax, being indeed considered as a non-taxable income.