Reside at least nine months of the year on French soil to be able to receive allowances or social minima: the government plans to tighten access to “national solidarity funds”, said Gabriel Attal on Wednesday March 8.
“I am working to increase the (minimum) length of residence on French soil for all social minima and social allowances,” said the Minister of Public Accounts on RMC / BFM TV.
“Today, to receive the minimum old age or family allowances, you have to spend six months in France, to receive the APL (personalized housing assistance) you have to spend eight months in France, to receive the RSA (revenu de solidarité active ), you have to spend nine months in France”, listed Gabriel Attal.
“Harmonize everything at nine months”
“I am in favor of harmonizing everything at nine months,” he added. “When you receive national solidarity funds, you have to be entitled to receive them, and the majority of people are entitled to receive them,” he stressed.
There are fewer social minima recipients
Initially, Gabriel Attal undertook to give a “favorable opinion” to an amendment by Senator Les Républicains Bruno Retailleau to the government’s pension reform project. The parliamentarian wishes to increase from six to nine months the annual duration of residence in France to be eligible for the minimum old age.
A high rate of non-use
The Minister of Public Accounts must present in the coming weeks a plan to combat fraud, in the context of which he has already announced the ban, from July 1, 2023, on the payment of allowances (excluding pensions) into bank accounts. non-Europeans.
In 2022, the government estimated fraud in CAF benefits (family allowances, housing allowances, RSA, etc.) at 351 million euros. These benefits are also characterized by a high rate of non-use, estimated by Secours Catholique at approximately one-third of those eligible for the RSA and one-quarter of those eligible for family allowances.