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Secours Catholique is a non-profit organization focused on promoting Christian charity. It is based in Paris, France.

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106, rue du Bac

Paris, 75341,


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Nov 13, 2020

Good Banque Secours Catholique, which helped nearly 1.4 million people in France in 2019, points in a report, published Thursday, to the sharp increase in “extreme precariousness” in France. The association fears the dramatic repercussions on vulnerable families of the economic crisis caused by Covid-19. Choose to heat your home or to eat? Families ask themselves this question daily in France, according to the annual report on the State of Poverty published Thursday, November 12, by Secours Catholique. More than half of the households surveyed by the association in 2019 live on less than 9 euros per day and per person to “eat, dress, furnish or have fun”, once the expenses are fixed (rent, insurance, water and energy bills) paid.These figures come from a year of survey of 55,400 households received by Secours Catholique. Investigators combed the budgets of 3,000 of them to gain a detailed understanding of their circumstances and challenges. “After paying rent and recurring bills, some of which keep increasing [notamment l’eau et l’énergie], there is so little left that it is impossible to pay for food, hygiene products, telephone, dental care, clothing, transport, leisure… “, details Véronique Fayet, president of Secours Catholique, who alert on a “silent drama.” Children forced to decline birthday invitations, unable to offer a gift The context of the economic crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic poses an additional risk to people who are already vulnerable. ”For many, 2020 is the year of all dangers, “warns the report. The health risk, loss of income, isolation due to confinement could tip those who, until now, managed” to juggle “in situations In 2019, the median income of the 55,400 households concerned by the Secours Catholique study was 537 euros per month – a figure well below the extreme poverty line estimated at 716 euros in France. at the price of gra nds sacrifices and “getting by”, to find solutions by skipping meals to feed the children, by only heating one room in two, by giving up hosting at home or by “declining the invitations of children to birthdays, for lack of being able to offer a gift “, as Secours Catholique explains, might not withstand the shocks endured in 2020.” We had to bear the additional expenses caused by confinement (food, energy, etc. ), to face the disappearance or reduction of sources of income (part-time, odd jobs, informal work, even begging), and now, for some, to face the plans of dismissal and the termination of employment contract, even the loss of their housing “, The report warns. More and more migrants in a regular situation among the families assisted The profile of people received by Secours Catholique is changing. These are often foreign families, including more and more regular migrants (49% of adults). These households without resources are also more frequently couples with children. But the proportion of women has increased markedly. They now represent 52% of the adults encountered. The presence of single mothers remains three times more important in the reception of the Catholic Relief Services than in the general population and they often have young children. “Our country cannot afford to leave so many families, children and isolated people in misery”, denounces the association of assistance to the most deprived, which accuses the government of being satisfied with “one-off aid”. Secours Catholique points out in particular political decisions at the origin of the deterioration of the living conditions of the poorest, such as the drop in APL (personalized housing assistance) whose share of beneficiaries as well as the amounts allocated have decreased under the impulse of the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, and Gérald Darmanin, then the Minister of the Budget, three years ago.The report also reveals that the share of households receiving social benefits, including family allowances and RSA, has fallen sharply. “This can be explained both by a decrease in eligibility for this aid, but also by an increase in non-recourse”, analyzes the Secours Catholique. In other words, a part of those who would be entitled to it do not ask for this state aid. “A third of households received by Catholic Relief and eligible for RSA do not receive it”, according to the report, which specifies that the latter only live with 200 euros per month on average. Regularization of undocumented migrants According to the data compiled by Secours Catholique, most of the association’s beneficiaries are “inactive”, but not necessarily unemployed. A quarter of them do not have the right to work in France because they are undocumented, the others, for the most part, cannot work for health reasons, or because of a situation. These people “live today in appalling conditions for lack of being able to work, whereas they have the desire and the capacities”, denounces the association which asks the government to regularize them. “The remoteness of employment is the first step in a spiral towards poverty “, further indicates the report which recommends the implementation of” a policy of confidence “. “Reducing long-term unemployment requires a different approach than threatening the unemployed with sanctions,” the association worries. “We know, however, that full employment is not for tomorrow,” adds the report which suggests the establishment of a minimum income. Finally at the local level, the Secours Catholique is appealing to town halls to ask to facilitate access to the school canteen, sports, leisure, culture, transport for disadvantaged families. For the time being in France, only half of the municipalities apply social pricing which allows some children to have a balanced meal. Post navigation

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