It is a little snub for the government and LREM. This Thursday afternoon, the National Assembly adopted a bill “carrying various social justice measures” on the initiative of another group and against the opinion of the majority, almost absent from the ranks of the hemicycle at this moment. The text, supported by Liberté et Territoires – which brings together a dozen deputies from very diverse backgrounds – contains a total of 6 articles on the subject of disability or dependence. A new hiccup after the mess on the leave for the death of a child.
The group of deputies at the origin of the bill obviously welcomes this adoption. “We voted for concrete solutions awaited for years by associations for people with disabilities,” reacted to the Parisian MP Jeanine Dubié, from the group Liberté et Territoires.
Seeing the disappointment looming, elected officials of the majority have tried to hastily gather up their LREM colleagues, in vain. Despite a suspension of the session, the walking deputies failed to gather a majority to reject the text, which was not to the taste of the government.
After the vote, the bill was adopted by 44 votes to 31. Among the LREM group, four deputies even voted for the text. France Insoumise, which had added amendments during the meeting, in particular on Article 5 three days earlier, was delighted. Jean-Luc Mélenchon therefore also congratulated himself on this success. “Victory !!!! LREM BATTU 31 against 44 for. The measure favorable to people with disabilities is adopted despite the inhumanity of LREM, ”he said on Twitter.
“The majority has chosen not to vote on this bill”
“The majority made the choice not to vote on this bill because from the start we have pursued an ambitious policy in favor of taking disability into account” reacted Marie Lebec, vice-president of the LREM group at the Assembly with the Parisian.
“We are not ashamed of our balance sheet since 2017, we have invested 3 billion euros, working to give new rights to people with disabilities, and breaking down the barriers of isolation. A new plan was presented this week to further promote inclusion, which was well received by associations, ”said the MP for Yvelines.
“Without questioning the good intentions of the rapporteur, who can believe that the issue of disability and social justice is settled in a five-clause bill? “She concluded.
“This bill seeks to improve autonomy, dignity and purchasing power”
The “social justice” provisions of the parliamentary text are mainly directed towards the disabled public and the elderly. “We consider that in our aging society, the question of dependence and the care of our seniors is obviously essential. In this perspective, this bill seeks to improve the autonomy, dignity and purchasing power of people, throughout their lives, and in particular when they are most vulnerable ”specifies the bill n ° 2550.
“Without claiming to respond to the greater challenge of the future of our social model in the face of the challenge of loss of autonomy, this proposal modestly invites us to improve existing systems with a view to social justice” specifies the introductory text .
Suppression of spouse’s income in the calculation of the AAH
In detail, the measures intend to transform into a tax credit, the tax reduction for accommodation costs enjoyed by the elderly. Articles 2 and 3 remove the inclusion of the spouse’s income in the calculation of the allowance for disabled adults (AAH) as well as in its ceiling.
Article 4 proposes to raise the maximum age to benefit from the disability compensation benefit (PCH) from 60 to at least 65 years, to take account in particular of the increase in life expectancy. And finally, article 5 improves the taking into account of internships in the calculation of retirement pensions.