News Assembly adopts disability bill against government advice

Assembly adopts disability bill against government advice

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The Secretary of State responsible for people with disabilities, Sophie Cluzel, during questions to the government, at the National Assembly, in Paris, on February 11, 2020. PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP

Divine surprise for parliamentary opposition. The National Assembly adopted, on February 13, against the advice of the government and the majority, a bill dealing in particular with disability, after a tense debate interspersed with allusions to the recent episode of leave for bereavement for children .

The “walkers” and the elected members of the Democratic Movement (MoDem) were put in the minority when voting on this proposal from the group Liberties and Territories, and the bill was adopted by 44 votes to 31. Contribution to this victory of oppositions, four “walkers” and one elected MoDem joined the favorable voices, the UDI-Agir deputies also providing their support.

The debate was lively, with several elected officials referring to the LRM deputies’ refusal to extend the bereavement leave after the loss of a child, which had prompted Emmanuel Macron to intervene.

“You have the possibility of humanity”, hammered the “rebellious” MP François Ruffin, addressing the majority. “You will be alone in this hemicycle and in the country”, he warned.

“Flagrant crime of inhumanity”

“You are caught in the act of inhumanity once again”, added Jean-Luc Mélenchon, where deputy Les Républicains (LR) Aurélien Pradié castigated a majority who did not learn “Of his mistakes”.

The object of the bill brought by the deputy Liberties and territories Yannick Favennec Becot, had for object “Various social measures” towards people staying in accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people (Ehpad) or with disabilities.

The main measure of the text aims at the individualization of the disabled adult allowance (AAH), by removing the inclusion of the spouse’s income in its calculation.

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The text also addresses the provision of compensation for disability, and raises the maximum age to benefit from it to 65 years.

The Secretary of State for Persons with Disabilities, Sophie Cluzel, assured that for the government, “Priority was given to disability”, the day after the conclusion of the national disability conference. She recalled that the AAH had benefited from two revaluations since the beginning of the quinquennium, and that it was already “Almost individualized”. “Stop saying we haven’t done anything! “repeated the Minister.

The Secretary of State in vain referred the matter to the consideration of the bill “Old age and autonomy”, by summer 2020.

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How does the disabled adult allowance work?

AAH can be granted to you, in the general case from the age of 20, if your disability rate is at least 80%, or if it is between 50 and 79% and you experience a ” substantial and lasting restriction on access to employment “. This is “differential” aid. This means that you only receive its maximum amount, 900 euros, henceforth, only if you have no other resources. If you have income elsewhere, or if this is the case for your household, your allowance will be reduced by the amount of this. Please note: the resources taken into account here are those for year N-2 and do not correspond to actual income, deductions are applied (information from the family allowance office).

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