RSA, housing, education, job training… urged authorities to ‘rethink access to rights’

The legislature has created several Devices that contribute to the well-being of the population. But it would still be necessary for the texts to be applied. In a statement published on Thursday, March 24, the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH) urges the authorities to do so “Rethink access to rights” ; too many people are banned, even though the phenomenon has been known for years. Incidentally, this body implicitly criticizes the idea put forward by Emmanuel Macron and Valérie Pécresse, among others, of tying the Active Solidarity Income (RSA) to an activity.

Lack of information, incomprehensible texts, excessively cumbersome procedures, discriminatory practices, self-exclusion combined with feelings of shame… There are many reasons why people do not benefit from the measures designed for them. This difficulty has been well documented in the welfare field by a plethora of reports. Thus, those who do not receive the RSA, even though they are entitled to it, represent approximately 30% of the target group, ie several hundred thousand households.

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The “non-recourse” affects areas other than solidarity: housing, education, professional training… In some cases, the administration is directly responsible for the difficulties. For example, the CNCDH mentions the migrants in Calais who were expelled because of “faulty procedures”which makes it impossible for them “Bring an action”. Such situations are contrary “The Effectiveness of Human Rights” and they just did“Amplifier” with the health crisis.

“A Unique Reference”

The authors of the statement warn against this “imperative necessity” to tackle the problem head-on “Respect for the rights of all citizens” and D’“Ensuring Policy Effectiveness”. “There is a need to end the stigmatization of legal subjects accused of so-called social welfare, while at the same time feeling that the state is letting them down”, point them out. And to remember “Rights cannot be made conditional on the prior performance of duties”. A transparent allusion to that of Mr Macron and Mme Pécresse to present the RSA’s allocation of fifteen or twenty hours of activity per week.

The CNCDH makes about fifteen suggestions to get out of denial. In particular, she recommends defining policies with those affected. In her opinion, it is necessary to offer information systems to users and public service providers alike “clear and understandable”. The authors of the report also recommend “A single access point or point of contact adapted to the needs and the situation [chacun] »while emphasizing the virtues of strategy “from “towards””. They also suggest “Simplify operation” digital platforms etc “Preserving a Physical Welcome” for those unfamiliar with the internet. “The human being” need to be replaced more than ever “in the heart of the devices”.

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