Retirees again put to use to complete the budget

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By de-indexing pensions from inflation in 2019 and 2020, pensions will only increase by 0.3%.

This is Emmanuel Macron's paradox: even though he has announced that he does not want to touch the age of retirement during the next reform, the president has built himself an image of hardness among seniors. The majority of pensioners have already been the big losers of the tax switchover made early 2018 between the CSG (up) and payroll charges (down). The new surprise of the 2019 finance law will not reconcile them with the government. To give a new boost to assets through the "desocialization" of overtime, the government will indeed propose to deindex in 2019 and 2020 pensions inflation to limit their annual increase to 0.3%.

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A dry loss for those concerned, while the OECD expects inflation of 1.5% in France in 2019. Even the government draws the argument of the abolishment of the housing tax... "Deindexing pensions combined with a rise in the CSG represent 755 euros loss of purchasing power per year for a pensioner who has 1700 euros pension per month" calculated on his side Valérie Rabault, MP Tarn-et-Garonne and President of the New Left group in the National Assembly. In 2014, Manuel Valls had opted for a similar formula. It had postponed by one year, from October 2014 to October 2015, the indexation of basic pensions in relation to inflation. This resulted in 1.3 billion savings while inflation was limited to 0.5% in 2014 and zero in 2015.

"Instead of finally taking courageous savings on the lifestyle of the state, we have just announced that it is again in the pockets of the middle classes that we will seek efforts."

The 2019 version is broader because the deindexing also includes pensions, housing benefits, disability-related benefits and, above all, family benefits, with family benefits in the first place, as well as the birth complement of free choice of guard mode. "Instead of finally taking courageous savings on the lifestyle of the state, we have just announced that it is again in the pockets of the middle classes that we will seek efforts," said the president of the LR, Laurent Wauquiez, since Mont-Mézenc where he made his political return.

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All social benefits will not be put on the diet. Those reserved for the most disadvantaged - the minimum old age, the allowance for disabled people - or promoting work - the activity premium - will be significantly increased, as in 2018. In addition, the RSA will progress. Without openly assuming this movement, the government seems to be moving closer step by step the French social model of its Anglo-Saxon counterparts, whose first objective is to fight against the risks of "anti-selection", that is to say all difficulties that can affect a person without being responsible for it: long-term pathology, accidents of life ...


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