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The crisis caused a 7.5% increase in the number of RSA beneficiaries in 2020


Last December, there were 2.06 million beneficiaries of the active solidarity income. Last year, the unemployed at the end of their rights started to multiply again. Conversely, the youth guarantee benefited a smaller workforce.

The number of RSA beneficiaries has exceeded 2 million.

More than 2 million beneficiaries of active solidarity income (RSA), and this for already eight months. We suspected that the health and economic crisis of Covid would push many French people into poverty. The series of figures and studies just published by the Department of Studies of the Ministry of Health confirm this.

Thus, in December 2020, according to still provisional data, the country had 2.06 million RSA beneficiaries. This safety net is offered to inactive people who are not of retirement age, and its amount amounted to 565 euros per month for a single person without children and without other resources. The increase in staff over one year would be 7.5%.

Arrivals of “first-time beneficiaries”

According to the National Family Allowance Fund, which manages this benefit, without the crisis, the number of RSA recipients would have remained flat over the first nine months of the year. Since January 2017 and until February 2020, the workforce had also almost stabilized, in a context of renewed growth. Patatras: in March, first confinement, they started to climb again. The increase continued at deconfinement. Since August, a sort of plateau seems to have been reached.

It was not the arrival of “first-time beneficiaries”, who had never touched the RSA, which changed the situation. It is above all former beneficiaries who have relapsed, economic activity having faltered. Departures from the scheme due to the increase in income level have also been rarer. In short, a mix of “last come, first party” and the scarcity of opportunities and promotions in times of crisis.

Increase in the number of unemployed people at the end of their rights

In addition, the number of unemployed people at the end of their entitlement receiving the Specific Solidarity Allowance (ASS), which had been falling since 2015, started to rise again in June. In September, 380,000 people touched this social minimum, up 6% over one year, and 10.7% since May. The entrances and exits were frozen during the first confinement. In addition, the stock of unemployed people who benefited from a derogatory maintenance of their rights in confinement ended up pouring into the ASS in June.

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The activity bonus, for its part, increased little, with 4.58 million households receiving benefits in December, an increase of 2.1%. The Covid crisis, however, changed the trajectory, because some workers would not have been eligible if they had not found themselves in partial unemployment. However, in the second half of the year there were also exits related to the loss of a job.

Finally, the crisis has reduced the opportunities for young people neither in employment, in training nor in studies to receive the youth guarantee and to benefit from support. The first confinement brought down the initial entries into this device to 300 in April then 1,800 in May, against 8,600 and 7,900 a year earlier, two thirds of the local missions having closed their receptions. There was an attempt to double down on deconfinement, with 9,200 admissions in June. With a total of 82,800 beneficiaries in October, the level of February (90,000) has not yet been found.

To note

The number of students who received specific one-off assistance increased by 48% in December, to 104,000, for an amount of 4.3 million this month, up 67% compared to December 2019. At the same time, 49,100 scholarship students were entitled to meals at 1 euro.

Last December, there were 2.06 million beneficiaries of the active solidarity income. Last year, the unemployed at the end of their rights started to multiply again. Conversely, the youth guarantee benefited a smaller workforce.

The number of RSA beneficiaries has exceeded 2 million.

More than 2 million beneficiaries of active solidarity income (RSA), and this for already eight months. We suspected that the health and economic crisis of Covid would push many French people into poverty. The series of figures and studies just published by the Department of Studies of the Ministry of Health confirm this.

Thus, in December 2020, according to still provisional data, the country had 2.06 million RSA beneficiaries. This safety net is offered to inactive people who are not of retirement age, and its amount amounted to 565 euros per month for a single person without children and without other resources. The increase in staff over one year would be 7.5%.

Arrivals of “first-time beneficiaries”

According to the National Family Allowance Fund, which manages this benefit, without the crisis, the number of RSA recipients would have remained flat over the first nine months of the year. Since January 2017 and until February 2020, the workforce had also almost stabilized, in a context of renewed growth. Patatras: in March, first confinement, they started to climb again. The increase continued at deconfinement. Since August, a sort of plateau seems to have been reached.

It was not the arrival of “first-time beneficiaries”, who had never touched the RSA, which changed the situation. It is above all former beneficiaries who have relapsed, economic activity having faltered. Departures from the scheme due to the increase in income level have also been rarer. In short, a mix of “last come, first party” and the scarcity of opportunities and promotions in times of crisis.

Increase in the number of unemployed people at the end of their rights

In addition, the number of unemployed people at the end of their entitlement receiving the Specific Solidarity Allowance (ASS), which had been falling since 2015, started to rise again in June. In September, 380,000 people touched this social minimum, up 6% over one year, and 10.7% since May. The entrances and exits were frozen during the first confinement. In addition, the stock of unemployed people who benefited from a derogatory maintenance of their rights in confinement ended up pouring into the ASS in June.

Read also:

Despite the crisis, the average purchasing power of the French has not declined in 2020

The government extends aid schemes to employees, the unemployed and young people

The activity bonus, for its part, increased little, with 4.58 million households receiving benefits in December, an increase of 2.1%. The Covid crisis, however, changed the trajectory, because some workers would not have been eligible if they had not found themselves in partial unemployment. However, in the second half of the year there were also exits related to the loss of a job.

Finally, the crisis has reduced the opportunities for young people neither in employment, in training nor in studies to receive the youth guarantee and to benefit from support. The first confinement brought down the initial entries into this device to 300 in April then 1,800 in May, against 8,600 and 7,900 a year earlier, two thirds of the local missions having closed their receptions. There was an attempt to double down on deconfinement, with 9,200 admissions in June. With a total of 82,800 beneficiaries in October, the level of February (90,000) has not yet been found.

To note

The number of students who received specific one-off assistance increased by 48% in December, to 104,000, for an amount of 4.3 million this month, up 67% compared to December 2019. At the same time, 49,100 scholarship students were entitled to meals at 1 euro.