09:31, August 19, 2022
Elected officials The Republicans have tabled a bill to “regulate the use of the back-to-school allowance” and “fight against fraud”. The idea? Pay this aid in the form of vouchers, just for school supplies. But, on the left and in the ranks of the majority, this proposal is considered stigmatizing for the poorest in the country.
Elected officials The Republicans have tabled a bill to “regulate the use of the back-to-school allowance” and “fight against fraud”. The text in question concerns the provision to families, “for each child”, of a “kit of supplies and a back-to-school allowance in the form of vouchers so that families can dress their children or buy the books and tools necessary for their schooling”. The text also aims to “require, as a prerequisite, the production of proof of schooling to avoid fraud”.
“The back-to-school allowance is useful and fair”, according to Véran
“This proposal allows the opposite, by its device, to give part of the aid to the municipalities to buy sets of supplies according to the needs of the teachers, then by giving vouchers for the rest of the sums to the families. This requires having more material for children”, explains at the microphone of Europe 1 Pierre-Henri Dumont, one of the signatories.
He is surprised by the government’s outcry. “The back-to-school allowance is useful and fair! It is a precious help for three million families to finance children’s supplies and meet back-to-school expenses”, tweeted in particular Olivier Véran, government spokesperson.
The back-to-school allowance is useful and fair!
It is a precious aid for 3 million families to finance children’s supplies and to meet back-to-school expenses.
Stop the stigma. pic.twitter.com/fkh6xtjSes
— Olivier Veran (@olivierveran) August 17, 2022
“A permanent violation of the privacy of the poorest”
“I do not believe that there is a misuse of the allowance”, outbids Europe 1 the deputy Nupes Benjamin Lucas. “No one has ever been able to resolve a serious study that confirms this. I find that we are faced with a moral question. We constantly want to control what the poorest do with the money given to them. to survive, which is given to them within the framework of international solidarity. We never do this with the richest. It is a form of permanent violation of the privacy of the poorest in our country, to whom we explain at length day that they are bad parents. Let’s stop with the false polemics”.
For Pierre-Henri Dumont, this bill would on the contrary give “more means of success to children”. “I am surprised that the left and the government do not share this objective”, he reacts on Europe 1.