02 November 2016 at 18h34By Anne-Pascale REBOUL and Charlotte HILL
The national Assembly voted on Wednesday smoothly on first reading the latest draft of the social Security budget within five years, that promises an end to the famous “hole” for 2017, the gesture tax to the attention of retirees of modest factors that have limited the sling, socialist.
The bill financing social Security (PLFSS) was approved by 272 votes to 240, a vote less wide than at the same stage last year (286 in contrast to 245) linked to a participation in a slight decline, between disarray in the ranks of the socialist and end of the school holidays.
The socialists, radical left and environmentalists as pro-government have approved, and only 15 deputies abstained, up from 27 in 2015.
The “slingers” which had been 18 to abstain last year to mark their opposition to the pact of responsibility and cuts in social security contributions for companies, have this time a majority voted for it.
Their leader, Christian Paul (which, however, has not taken part in the vote himself) has justified this favourable vote by the measure “important” in favour of the pensions modest via a decrease of the generalized social contribution (CSG).
Only six socialists in the end abstained, including the former minister Aurélie Filippetti.
The minister of social Affairs Marisol Touraine welcomed in a statement the vote “good news for the French”, confirming “recovery accounts” committed since 2012.
The government is forecasting a deficit of the general scheme (sickness, pensions, family, workmen’s compensation) be reduced to 400 million euros compared to 3.4 billion in 2016, which would be the best result since 2001.
To achieve this goal, the health branch will make about 4 billion euros of savings. The goal of national insurance expenditure (Ondam), which is used to hold their natural increase, has been raised from 1.75% to 2.1%.
But the right, as the left Front are not convinced, and voted against it, denouncing the fact that the government does not take into account the old age solidarity Fund, which covers the “hole” in the overall $ 4.2 billion.
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The name of the left Front, Jacqueline Fraysse has denounced a “campaign of communication to make us believe that our fellow citizens that the hole is filled”, seeing it as a “misleading and deceptive”.
the Same holds true for Philippe Vigier (IDU), for whom “the numbers are much less good than the version idyllic” given by the government.
Jean-Pierre Door (LR) has also denounced the budget of “the end of the reign of a government hard-pressed” and built in “insincerity”, an argument already advanced for the State budget. He pointed out a decrease of the CSG “very electioneering” in the run up to the presidential election.
The text, examined in the Senate from the 15th of November, has been the subject of debate “laborious” and “more restless” than expected, as has been observed in the majority.
He had made a few “edges”, in the words of the rapporteur Gérard Bapt (PS), in particular on the installation of the physicians and the collaborative economy..
The battle did not finally take place on the measure to allow for 550,000 additional households will benefit from a reduced rate or be exempt from the CSG, the subject having been cleared beforehand by the government.
On the other hand, it was necessary to conduct two discussions to adopt the measure of paying social security contributions in the private renting of goods through collaborative platforms beyond a certain threshold of income, such as Airbnb or Drivy.
And like every year, the taxation of tobacco has given rise to passionate debates, higher taxes on rolling tobacco and the creation of a tax on the turnover of suppliers of tobacco ($ 130 million of revenue expected), having, however, been validated.
On the other hand, the Assembly finally rejected a controversial measure against the medical deserts, approved by the committee and having provoked the anger of the government and the profession, which feared a threat to the “freedom of installation”.