Engagement income: (finally) ads?

ENGAGEMENT INCOME. Promise of Emmanuel Macron, the commitment income is intended to help young people without employment and training. The government is still slow to reveal the final outlines of this project.

[Mis à jour le 28 octobre 2021 à 09h36] Will the engagement income for young people finally be revealed? The schedule is becoming a little tighter every day, the project must imperatively be included in the budget bill (PLF 2022), currently being examined by Parliament. Asked about the subject at the microphone of France Inter, this Thursday, the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, assured that there will be announcements “very soon”.

There was talk of the Prime Minister making announcements on commitment income. But the inflation allowance of 100 euros for 38 million French people erased any news on the device promised by Emmanuel Macron last July. As a reminder, the commitment income is intended to take over from the universal youth guarantee. The device should be refocused: 500,000 young people should be able to benefit from it, a lower objective than what was initially planned, for the sake of budgetary savings. In total, 500 million euros should be released. An amendment to the 2022 budget would be developed so that the commitment income is implemented as of March next year.

Several unions and associations have sent an open letter to Emmanuel Macron, in order to call on the President of the Republic to go through with the project. “Mr. President of the Republic, for young people, go to the end of your commitment!”, Assert the twenty organizations, including CFDT, UNEF, ATD Fourth World and Emmaus France. “While the announcements were to be made at the start of the school year, we have been witnessing for several weeks a series of procrastination, giving rise to fears of renouncements and sometimes stigmatizing remarks about these young people”.

The commitment income is a promise from Emmanuel Macron, made on July 12 during a televised address. This system is aimed at young people without employment or training, and whose income is insufficient. It aims to replace the universal youth guarantee, set up under François Hollande’s five-year term. In detail, the engagement income for young people aims to develop the youth guarantee – from which 200,000 young people currently benefit – and Intensive Youth Support (AIJ), the target of which is 240,000 beneficiaries.

Initially conceived with a universal objective, the engagement income for young people sees its target considerably restricted, according to information from Les Echos. Ultimately, only 500,000 young people will be eligible. No more precarious workers among those under 26 and students, who were particularly targeted initially. The system will therefore be concentrated on young people who need help the most, who are untrained and unemployed.

The details of the commitment income are not yet known. However, we already know that young people will have to commit to respecting the stages of a path allowing them to enter the labor market. In return, an allowance may be paid, the maximum amount of which will be 500 euros per month. “It was never a question of making an income without compensation”, argues the Ministry of Labor to our colleagues in Paris. The government is setting up this system in order to respond to the pressing requests from associations and political parties to help young people, some of whom are very affected by the coronavirus health crisis. However, he excluded any term from “RSA young “, deeming necessary a counterpart of commitment and support.

Like the universal youth guarantee, the commitment income is intended to be based on local missions and the employment center. As a reminder, these two organizations are already in great demand. Local missions currently allow better integration of young people through support, interviews and workshops.

The procedures for applying for the engagement income for young people are not yet known. They should be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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