The National Assembly voted this Wednesday almost unanimously the revaluation of social benefits and retirement pensions by 4%, during the examination in first reading of the bill on purchasing power.
In particular, this concerns, in addition to pensions, family allowances and social minima, such as the RSA, the Disabled Adult Allowance (AAH) and student grants based on social criteria. This revaluation will take effect from July 1, 2022, retroactively, without waiting for the annual automatic revaluation date.
“Crumbs to Mortals”
The majority rapporteur, Charlotte Parmentier-Lecocq defended an article which will “restore purchasing power to the French from this summer” and allows “to anticipate”. For its part, the left alliance Nupes denounced, through the voice of Adrien Quatennens (LFI) and Arthur Delaporte (PS), a revaluation “below inflation”. “Jupiter (…) swings from Olympus crumbs to mere mortals”, quipped the elected RN Laure Lavalette, denouncing a revaluation “which in no way corresponds to the reality of inflation in our country”.
The increase in prices reached 5.8% in June but could climb to 6.8% over one year in September, according to INSEE. In detail, this measure notably concerns retirement and disability pensions from the basic schemes, already automatically increased by 1.1% in January.
“Branch-based approach” on minimum wages
Also affected by this measure, family allowances and social minima, namely the active solidarity income (RSA), the allowance for disabled adults (AAH), the solidarity allowance for the elderly (Aspa) and scholarships based on criteria social for students. Some of these social benefits had already increased by 1.8% in April.
Previously, the deputies voted for an article to encourage the branches to sign agreements on their minimum wage, in order to avoid too crushed grids at the first levels. The MoDem Nicolas Turquois praised an “additional tool” with the “branch approach”.
LFI blasted the measure. It is “the article Pontius Pilate, we wash our hands of it”, according to François Ruffin, a “classic to justify inaction” on wage increases. The RN voted for it even if it is “terribly minimalist”, “don’t count on us to stop there on salaries. The question of wages is your big taboo, ”said Jean-Philippe Tanguy.