a report submitted to Borne pleads for “a single universal service”

2023-07-27 08:27:35

Christine Pirès Beaune is a stubborn parliamentarian. The Socialist MP for Puy-de-Dôme has been fighting for several years to reduce the bill for the elderly in accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people (Ehpad). Three quarters of the approximately 600,000 residents of retirement homes have incomes below the cost of their stay. They pay an average of 1,957 euros while 76% of residents have less than 2,000 euros in retirement. A report drawn up in the report that the elected official submitted on Wednesday July 26 to Elisabeth Borne in the presence of Aurore Bergé, the new Minister of Solidarity and Families. The system is “unjust, he must be rethought as a whole”writes M.me Pires Beaune. “The wealthiest residents are notoriously better helped than those with fewer resources”she continues, before qualifying the public support systems as “dated and largely perfectible”.

The Auvergne MP has long campaigned for the establishment of a tax credit for residents of nursing homes. Currently, a tax reduction exists but only those who pay it can benefit from it. She would like residents who are too modest to be subject to any taxation to receive financial aid from Bercy.

In the fall of 2022, Christine Pirès Beaune had the National Assembly adopt an amendment to the 2023 finance bill providing for this tax credit. “The risk is that nursing home prices will increase, and that it will be water poured on sand, to the detriment of public accounts”, argued the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, hostile to the measure. The services of his ministry estimate its cost at more than 880 million. The amendment had disappeared from the project, adopted with recourse to Article 49.3 of the Constitution, which allows a text to be passed without a vote.

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In return, Elisabeth Borne entrusted the preparation of a report to Ms.me Pirès Beaune in December 2022. This work submitted on Wednesday by the elected to the Prime Minister, was intended to identify avenues other than tax to reduce the cost of nursing homes for residents.

Family solidarity

A specialist in financial matters, the deputy for Riom took the file head on, supported by Benjamin Ferras, inspector general of social affairs. His report opens an unexplored path: the creation of“a single universal service” paid to all residents, which would be degressive according to their income. Its level would ultimately take into account their assets (real estate, professional assets, financial assets). What the residents of Ehpad own remains poorly known.

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