Yasmina Kattou, edited by Solène Leroux
The National Assembly voted overnight to deconjugate the disabled adult allowance. The income of the spouse will no longer be taken into account in the calculation of the social benefit. Elisabeth Borne announced it during her general policy speech in early July. This reform will change the lives of thousands of French people.
“A historic moment”, according to Olivier Dussopt, the Minister of Labour. The National Assembly voted in the night from Wednesday to Thursday, almost unanimously, the deconjugalization of the disabled adult allowance, the AAH. This means that the income of the spouse will no longer be taken into account in the calculation of the social benefit. Elisabeth Borne announced it during her general policy speech in early July. A reform that will change the lives of thousands of French people, like that of Stéphanie, 46, who has suffered from a rare disease since the age of 27: her muscles are failing her. For all her movements, she depends on her electric chair. For all her expenses, she depends on her husband.
Stéphanie does not receive the allowance for disabled adults, because her spouse receives more than 2,270 euros net. “We pay attention to everything,” she explains at the microphone of Europe 1. “We have to ask her husband: ‘Can I buy this? Can I go to the hairdresser ?’ He has everything on his shoulders,” laments Stephanie. “It feels like a teenager asking for pocket money. It’s a bit humiliating.”
270,000 people concerned
Like Stéphanie, 270,000 people in couples are affected by this new calculation method. But according to the authorities, 44,000 beneficiaries would be losers. To avoid this, Pascale Ribes, president of the APF France handicap, proposes to leave the choice. “This is called the right of option,” she explains. “The recipients concerned could keep the current system for ten years.” Then, “they would have a calculation made by CAF which would allow them to make this choice”. Thus, “there would be no loser”, assures the president.
The associations hope for an implementation on January 1, 2023. The government speaks rather of an application in October.