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(en) France, UCL - Autonomy: do nothing for the individualization of the AAH (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 27 Apr 2021 10:03:25 +0300

Since January 2021, the fight for the separation of the incomes of the spouse, civil union partner or cohabiting partner for the payment of the Allowance for Handicapped Adults (AAH) has progressed well. Following a great mobilization driven by associations and disability activists, the first petition on the official website of the Senate [5]has thus successfully exceeded the necessary threshold of 100,000 signatures. On the agenda, the bill to individualize the payment of the AAH was thus adopted by the Senate during its session on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, while several groups of disabled people with Act Up-Paris demonstrated in front of the Luxembourg Palace. If the adoption by the Senate of dissociation is a great victory, because of the fierce opposition of the LREM majority to this reform, the fight for autonomy is far from over.

A first victory
Indeed, as we explained on January 6 [2], it is due to the absence of the deputies of the majority that the bill is passed the first time the National Assembly. If the text was validated in the Senate, it is not certain that LREM, yet alone enough to defend the maintenance of the current system, once again deserting the Assembly and thus allowing the bill to pass during its second reading. The argument of the losers of this reform that regularly asserts Sophie Cluzel, Secretary of State for Disabled People, to reject this reform, however holds even less since the Senate amended the bill leaving the choice to the beneficiaries. of the AAH to keep the old method of calculation for 10 years. " The government[...]therefore finds itself alone in refusing the evolution of the legislation"and"the strong injustice felt by citizens with disabilities"as explained on March 5 the National Union of Parents' Associations. with intellectual disabilities and their friends (Unapei) [3].

In order to support the deconjugalization measure of the AAH calculation, it is therefore even more important to sign and massively share the petition on the site petitions.assemblee-nationale.fr . If you do not yet have a FranceConnect identity, we will redirect you to our webdito on the first petition [2]for detailed explanations. Similar to the Senate website, petitions on the National Assembly website are assigned to a deputy-rapporteur who then proposes either to examine the text during a debate being the subject of a parliamentary report, or to classify the petition. If a petition reaches at least 500,000 signatures from at least 30 overseas departments or communities, the Conference of Presidents of the National Assembly may also decide to organize a debate in public session.

However, while the first petition had ended up collecting the 100,000 signatures required, it is struggling to start and has, at the time of April 13, 2021, only around 15,000 signatures. Although the site announces a deadline of June 22, 2022, it is not possible to wait any longer for this separation, which has been requested for years by people with disabilities and disability associations.

What avenues for success ?
As Senator LR Philippe Mouiller, rapporteur for the text, warned: "It will take a strong mobilization of associations of disabled people for the text to be definitively voted". It is therefore particularly important to relay and support the initiatives of the associative world and disability activists to demand the de-maritalization of the calculation of the AAH. If a first victory was obtained in the Senate, it is imperative to continue and even to intensify the mobilizations to give visibility to this demand. In Tourcoing, Maxime Bouchet, an EÉLV activist with a disability, thus staged a fictitious marriage with Katy Vuylsteker with the EÉLV regional secretary to denounce the injustice of the current calculation[4].

To carry this fight, many bridges - sometimes already in formation in certain places - can be built, in particular with the feminist collectives or of fight against precariousness. Indeed, as we mentioned previously [2], women under 25 with disabilities are those who are most at risk of being victims of domestic violence . The financial dependence imposed by the current method of calculating the AAH in couples thus provides a favorable ground for domestic violence. Finally, if the deconjugalization of the AAH would already be a considerable step forward, the mobilization should not be stopped at this stage: even with a new method of calculation,the AAH, like other social minima, is still quite insufficient to live in suitable living conditions in view of all the additional expenses involved in disability. It will therefore be necessary both to seize the question of the deconjugalization of all social minima but also to demand their increase !

More than ever, a balance of power with the government must be built to obtain autonomy.

Libertarian Cumminist Union on April 22, 2021


[1] Separation of the spouse's income for the payment of the Allowance for Disabled Adults (AAH) , e-petitions of the Senate

[2] Autonomy: separating household income for the payment of the AAH ! , January 6, 2021, webdito of the Union Communiste Libertaire

[3] Living as a couple should no longer reduce the AAH ! March 5, 2021, Unapei

[4][Tourcoing: a false marriage to denounce the method of calculating the disabled adult allowance -> Tourcoing: a false marriage to denounce the method of calculating the disabled adult allowance], March 7, 2021, France 3 Hauts-de -France

[5] Separation of the spouse's income for the payment of the Allowance for Disabled Adults (AAH) , e-petitions of the Senate

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