The National Assembly voted unanimously, less one vote, the deconjugalization of the disabled adult allowance, on the night of Wednesday to Thursday. Amendments tabled by all the groups were adopted.
From October 2023, at the latest, the spouse’s income will no longer be taken into account for the calculation of the disabled adult allowance (AAH). The deputies voted unanimously minus one vote in this direction, on the night of Wednesday to Thursday.
The measure, demanded for a long time by the oppositions and associations, was widely welcomed by the political class, even if the opposition did not fail to shoot at the previous majority.
“I believe that if there is a subject that deserves to vote together this evening, it is the one that will allow the deconjugalization of the AAH”, declared Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Rally deputies, before the ‘adoption. Socialist Arthur Delaporte spoke of a measure that remedies the “price of love” and “humiliation”.
“We are living in a historic moment”, welcomed the Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne hailed “very good news”, which “is also proof that political compromise is possible on subjects that go beyond divisions”.
Critics always present
Nevertheless, some deputies, such as LR Aurélien Pradié, a great defender of the measure during the previous term, wanted to recall that “the majority of the time was fiercely opposed to deconjugalization”. She then pointed out that some recipients would lose out and that the cost would be too high.
The date of entry into force has also been the subject of criticism. “October 2023 is too late,” objected environmentalists about the implementation deadline. “Technical considerations require a period of implementation” like changes to computer systems, pleaded the rapporteur for the majority Charlotte Parmentier-Lecocq. “A technical working meeting” will be organized, promised Olivier Dussopt. “If we can go further we will.”
An increase of 300 euros on average, but around 45,000 people injured
If 160,000 people will see their allowance increase by 300 euros on average, according to evaluations carried out by the Department of Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics (DREES), around 45,000 people could be harmed in the event of deconjugalization ” dried”. To compensate for this loss, a “transitional device” was adopted by the deputies.
Created in 1975, the AAH is intended to compensate for the inability to work. With a maximum amount of 904 euros per month, it is paid on medical and social criteria. It now has more than 1.2 million beneficiaries, including 270,000 couples, for an annual expenditure of around 11 billion euros.