Saturday, 11 September, 2021

The contested choices of Jean Castex to thwart the worrying rise in poverty


The number of RSA beneficiaries is expected to grow by nearly 9% this year. Opposed to a revaluation of social minima, the government prefers to favor targeted measures. To the chagrin of associations fighting against poverty.

Jean Castex presented his plan to fight poverty on Saturday.

Still no revaluation of the active solidarity income (RSA), but new targeted measures to help the most disadvantaged to cope with the crisis. Prime Minister Jean Castex presented the new poverty reduction strategy on Saturday, during a trip to Epinay-sur-Orge (Essonne), to an Emmaüs accommodation and reintegration center.

It is “Prevent the slide into poverty and get out of this situation” for those who have already switched, by “Leading to employment and housing”, explained the head of government.

He recalled the measures already taken by the executive in recent weeks, at a cost of 1.1 billion euros: beneficiaries of RSA and ASS (unemployed at the end of their rights) will receive aid on November 27. exception of 150 euros, plus 100 euros per dependent child – the latter aid also being paid to families receiving housing aid. In addition, young people under 25 and scholarship students, i.e. 1.3 million young people in total, will also receive 150 euros, at the end of November or the beginning of December.

30,000 new positions in integration structures

The Prime Minister then announced that 30,000 new positions will be created by 2022 in structures for integration through economic activity (IAE). A measure costing 150 million euros. The duration of the device will be extended “ from twelve to twenty-four months’. The IAE allows people furthest from employment to benefit from enhanced support which should facilitate their professional integration.

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Jean Castex also indicated that the State was going to take charge of 80% of the cost of PEC contracts (employment skills pathway) in the city policy districts and rural revitalization zones, instead of 50%. A gesture costing 120 million euros.

A total cost of 700 million euros

In the field of housing, “In order to prevent unpaid rent, the State will revitalize the aid of 150 euros per month paid by Action Logement, so far little used”, said the prime minister, broadening the award criteria so that it benefits a wider audience. As for the homeless, the winter campaign has already been brought forward to October 17 instead of November 1.

In total, Matignon figures the cost of these new measures at 700 million euros. But the government disappointed the associations, which campaigned for a boost to the RSA, whose number of beneficiaries is climbing rapidly. According to the Minister for Public Accounts, Olivier Dussopt, they could be 8.7% more this year, and therefore exceed the 2 million mark.

Insufficient announcements for associations

The anti-poverty associations welcomed these announcements, while deeming them clearly insufficient. For Christophe Devys, who chairs the Alerte collective grouping together 35 national solidarity federations and associations, the government remains on a “Ideological position”, by refusing to increase social minima. This revaluation, he stressed, is all the more necessary as the RSA now only reaches 39% of the minimum wage, against 50% in 1988, when the RMI was created (the ancestor of the RSA).

The reaction of ATD Fourth World, a member of the Alerte collective, was even sharper. According to this association, the choices of the executive are a matter of “contempt” and a “Outdated logic of opposing the good poor, who would be given a boost to help them find the job market, and the bad poor, who would be given crumbs.”

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For associations or unions, we must give a boost over time to the RSA, which amounts to 565 euros per month for a single person without children, and does not allow them to rise above the poverty line. The CFDT claims 100 euros more per month.

«I prefer this massive exceptional aid rather than an increase in social minima ”, explained, ten days ago, Emmanuel Macron, recalling his “Fundamental, the fight against poverty through activity and work”. The RSA has been revalued by 10% by François Hollande. Since 2018, it has been monitoring price trends. It was not deindexed by the Philippe government in 2019-2020, unlike most social benefits.

The number of RSA beneficiaries is expected to grow by nearly 9% this year. Opposed to a revaluation of social minima, the government prefers to favor targeted measures. To the chagrin of associations fighting against poverty.

Jean Castex presented his plan to fight poverty on Saturday.

Still no revaluation of the active solidarity income (RSA), but new targeted measures to help the most disadvantaged to cope with the crisis. Prime Minister Jean Castex presented the new poverty reduction strategy on Saturday, during a trip to Epinay-sur-Orge (Essonne), to an Emmaüs accommodation and reintegration center.

It is “Prevent the slide into poverty and get out of this situation” for those who have already switched, by “Leading to employment and housing”, explained the head of government.

He recalled the measures already taken by the executive in recent weeks, at a cost of 1.1 billion euros: beneficiaries of RSA and ASS (unemployed at the end of their rights) will receive aid on November 27. exception of 150 euros, plus 100 euros per dependent child – the latter aid also being paid to families receiving housing aid. In addition, young people under 25 and scholarship students, i.e. 1.3 million young people in total, will also receive 150 euros, at the end of November or the beginning of December.

30,000 new positions in integration structures

The Prime Minister then announced that 30,000 new positions will be created by 2022 in structures for integration through economic activity (IAE). A measure costing 150 million euros. The duration of the device will be extended “ from twelve to twenty-four months’. The IAE allows people furthest from employment to benefit from enhanced support which should facilitate their professional integration.

Read also:

Integration, housing assistance: Jean Castex unveils new measures against poverty

Poverty and inequality increased in France in 2018

Jean Castex also indicated that the State was going to take charge of 80% of the cost of PEC contracts (employment skills pathway) in the city policy districts and rural revitalization zones, instead of 50%. A gesture costing 120 million euros.

A total cost of 700 million euros

In the field of housing, “In order to prevent unpaid rent, the State will revitalize the aid of 150 euros per month paid by Action Logement, so far little used”, said the prime minister, broadening the award criteria so that it benefits a wider audience. As for the homeless, the winter campaign has already been brought forward to October 17 instead of November 1.

In total, Matignon figures the cost of these new measures at 700 million euros. But the government disappointed the associations, which campaigned for a boost to the RSA, whose number of beneficiaries is climbing rapidly. According to the Minister for Public Accounts, Olivier Dussopt, they could be 8.7% more this year, and therefore exceed the 2 million mark.

Insufficient announcements for associations

The anti-poverty associations welcomed these announcements, while deeming them clearly insufficient. For Christophe Devys, who chairs the Alerte collective grouping together 35 national solidarity federations and associations, the government remains on a “Ideological position”, by refusing to increase social minima. This revaluation, he stressed, is all the more necessary as the RSA now only reaches 39% of the minimum wage, against 50% in 1988, when the RMI was created (the ancestor of the RSA).

The reaction of ATD Fourth World, a member of the Alerte collective, was even sharper. According to this association, the choices of the executive are a matter of “contempt” and a “Outdated logic of opposing the good poor, who would be given a boost to help them find the job market, and the bad poor, who would be given crumbs.”

Read also:

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For associations or unions, we must give a boost over time to the RSA, which amounts to 565 euros per month for a single person without children, and does not allow them to rise above the poverty line. The CFDT claims 100 euros more per month.

«I prefer this massive exceptional aid rather than an increase in social minima ”, explained, ten days ago, Emmanuel Macron, recalling his “Fundamental, the fight against poverty through activity and work”. The RSA has been revalued by 10% by François Hollande. Since 2018, it has been monitoring price trends. It was not deindexed by the Philippe government in 2019-2020, unlike most social benefits.