To cope with inflation, the executive intends to play on the income of the French.
The government would thus propose a 4% increase in a host of social benefits in its future “purchasing power” bill.
This boost, which would be retroactive to July 1, would concern, as already announced, retirement and disability pensions under the basic schemes, but also family benefits and social minima, including the active solidarity income (RSA) , the allowance for disabled adults (AAH) and the solidarity allowance for the elderly (Aspa), is it written in a part of the bill of which AFP was aware and which confirms information initially revealed by
According to the economic daily, the cost of such a measure would amount to “a little less than 7 billion at the end of 2022, and 8 billion by April 2023”.
A tough political battle is looming in the Assembly
Promise of the candidate Emmanuel Macron, the bill "purchasing power" must be presented at the beginning of July in the Council of Ministers but its adoption by the Parliament promises to be an obstacle course, for lack of an absolute majority in the National Assembly for the presidential camp.
Against the backdrop of a troubled geopolitical context due to the conflict in Ukraine, inflation, which is expected to average 5.5% in 2022, has become the subject of a bitter political battle between the oppositions and the executive.
Elisabeth Borne had already announced the 4% increase in retirement pensions before the result of the legislative elections, but remained more vague on the amount of the increase in social benefits.
Proposals unveiled in dribs and drabs
These increases programmed in the “purchasing power” bill are only one part of the measures concocted by the government to respond to the rise in prices.
These are unveiled in dribs and drabs, such as the 4% increase in the activity bonus, the inflation check, the unfreezing of civil servants' salaries, the tariff shield on energy or even the tripling and sustainability of the purchasing power premium.
According to the partially consulted bill, the text also wants to open up the possibility of setting up a profit-sharing scheme by the employer even without a branch agreement or with staff representatives.
The objective is to allow employees to benefit from the sharing of the value created in the company.
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