Our country in the grip of the health crisis is facing a social emergency. The economic crisis is already producing its effects by pushing a growing number of people into precariousness. The number of RSA beneficiaries, unpaid rents and the distribution of meals are growing strongly and worryingly. The rise in unemployment will only accentuate these social vulnerabilities.
People in precariousness and in a situation of poverty for years because of mass unemployment will be added to others in the coming weeks and months, including in parts of the population, such as among the self-employed, usually further away from this. risk. It is a prospect that the country cannot afford for reasons of dignity and from the point of view of its social, economic and political balance. He cannot afford it either if France wants to be in tune with its values.
The government has spared no effort since the start of the crisis. We have welcomed them and are doing it again, whether it is the decisive impact of short-time working on the income of employees in employment, the emergency accommodation effort for homeless people during in the spring, aid for hiring the youth plan or the unprecedented level of the recovery plan to support investment. All of this has and will, we hope, have a positive impact on the economic recovery but does not make it possible to respond in the short and medium term to the situation of people in precariousness or who will fall into it.
Additional government measures are essential for reasons of the dignity of the people concerned and of social balance, even as inequalities to the detriment of the most disadvantaged are growing in our country.
They will also have the advantage, in the case of households whose propensity to save is low given the level of their income, of helping to support demand at a time when the economic outlook darkens with the health crisis.
Visibly aware of these challenges, the Prime Minister announced to the associations fighting against poverty the next measures for mid-October, in particular as part of the discussion of the state budget and a partial reorientation of the recovery plan. . We expect these measures to be up to the challenge. They should primarily concern income support for the most vulnerable.
The increase in the RSA is an essential measure of dignity. While direct monetary support should be given priority, it must be meaningful for the situation of people in difficulty and be based on simplified mechanisms guaranteeing their effectiveness for the households concerned. And that quickly, while awaiting the establishment in the long term of a universal income of activity combining simplification and revaluation of the social minima.
Beyond the aid from the youth plan, faced with the risk of accelerated insecurity of part of our youth, the extension of the RSA to 18-25 years old or at least, initially, a strengthening of the youth guarantee and its support mechanisms to make it a right for precarious young people, is an absolute necessity.
To this should be added an increase in APL and an effort in favor of very social housing, whose low level of production weakens at least the necessary ambition of the “Housing first”, as well as an increase in support for solidarity-based employment, in particular through a further increase in subsidized contracts to support integration through employment. We also support the implementation of a right to support for RSA beneficiaries, as part of the public integration service, whose resources must be strengthened to respond to the massive arrival of new beneficiaries who are victims of crisis.
Such measures are now eagerly awaited. They correspond to the economic and social emergency. They would make it possible to give a reality to the ambitions, for the time being disappointed, of the plan to fight against poverty, announced by the President of the Republic in 2018. They would constitute the basis of the necessary amplification of the mobilization of the public authorities and the actors of society, everywhere in the country, against crisis, precariousness and poverty.