Plan to fight against exclusion : Concrete progress though caution is required

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Press Release Paris, 21 January, 2013

Good progress

ATD Fourth World salutes progress made in this plan against exclusion, which has mobilised many ministers as well as social partners. Increasing the cap to allow people to access the CMU-Complémentaire, [Universal Medical Coverage], efforts to allow everyone to afford complementary health insurance or increasing the RSA base [additional top-up benefits given to those in low paid employment] should, in the long term, positively impact the budget of the poorest families. One key point: the feasibility study to be carried out by the IGAS [Inspectorate General of Social Affairs] to change procedures for suspension of rights or for overpayment, will limit periods during which beneficiaries no longer receive any income.

ATD Fourth World is very pleased to note that the government has listened to hopes of families concerning educative institutions, schools or pre-schools, so that their children will not be subjected to the same life as theirs. Facilitating access to public crèches, will, in particular, have a double impact: allowing parents to look for employment whilst developing the capacities of their children and fighting against inequality to access culture and knowledge. The alliance between poor families and schools set forth in this plan is indispensable, especially as negotiations are on-going concerning school schedules and laws.

Caution is required

We can feel that there is a true determination to break away from the stigmatisation experienced by job insecurity and to fight against the non-use of rights. Nonetheless, modalities set forth in this plan do not allow a concrete comprehension of means allocated so that progress can truly be efficient. We must continue to fight and to condemn behaviour that discriminates against persons in an insecure situation.

Participation of poor people in drawing up policies has clearly been asserted, though we are unable to measure the resources that will be put in place. We must be careful not to quickly generalise and asses the array of participation in place, so that this participation does not just illustrate an intellectual point of view, but actually does help co-build proposals.

ATD Fourth World is pleased that Mr Chérèque is in charge of following up this plan, in association with the inter-ministerial committee of the fight against exclusion and with the group of qualified decision-makers. ATD Fourth World will pay special attention to the annual report on poverty, to check that measures engaged do actually match reality and to make this a key citizen-based date in the fight against poverty.

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