“cold shower”At the end of the meeting organized by the government, Noam Leandre, president of the Alerte collective, which unites thirty-four associations fighting against poverty, responded. The collective hoped “The revaluation of social minimums, which fell due to inflation and caused a loss of purchasing power for the most modest.” But the Prime Minister closed this door.”
After eight months of successive postponements, on Monday, September 18, the government published its solidarity pact, which was eagerly awaited in the current context of sharp increases in consumer prices, which hit the poorest, as evidenced by the request of food aid associations.
Part of the associational world welcomed some progress. First, this new plan “Compared to the previous strategy, there is a 50% increase in credits dedicated to the fight against poverty”, Elizabeth Bourne promised without taking money. The previous plan, launched in 2018, originally allocated €8 billion over four years.
Maintaining the existing 203,000 emergency accommodation places is also a benefit. “Currently, places are closing almost everywhere, so this decline will stop.”Pascal Brice, president of the Federation of Solidarity Actors, explains. Obviously, it won’t be enough, but I’m taking matches one after the other. »
Mr Brice also welcomes the awareness of the difficulties of recruiting social workers. The new Minister of Solidarity, Aurore Berge, wants to create a national school of social work, “Help Reinvent Professions”. “This is important, because we can always discuss hundreds of measures against poverty, if there is no social worker behind it, he will not do it.”warns Pascal Brice.
Four main axes
To establish its pact, the government identified four main areas of work: preventing poverty from childhood, returning to employment, combating mass exclusion, and an inclusive ecological transition. These goals are divided into about twenty-five specific measures, starting from the continuation of school breakfasts, especially abroad, or 1 euro canteens to fight against child malnutrition, to the already announced Colo Pass and the proliferation of kindergartens aimed at professional integration. , to encourage parents to return to work. For single families, there is also extended assistance for individual child care until college. or, from 2025, payment of a return to employment bonus “For all return-to-work expenses”Especially in terms of mobility or clothing.
Source: Le Monde
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