Monday, August 31, 2009

Slow Start for RSA

The Revenue de Solidarité Active is off to a slow start, with only 195,000 "working poor" added to its rolls after a year in operation. Some 2 million working poor are thought to be eligible for payments, and 2 million have actually completed eligibility tests, but only 195,000 have been accepted to date.

The total number of French below the poverty line of 880 euros per month is a remarkable 7.9 million, and, of these, some 1.3 million have received the RSA (which replaces the RMI) at one point or another. Not all of these are "working poor," however. There is also concern that the RSA may lead formerly full-time employees to go part-time, which would be considered a perverse effect.

Slightly different numbers here.

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