Guaranteed minimum income: with the PQ and QS denounce the report of experts

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The only people benefiting from the social aid could see their benefits increase by 472 $ per year.

The Parti québécois and Québec solidaire, are urging the minister of Employment and social Solidarity, François Blais, “tabletter” without delay the report of the Committee of experts on the minimum guaranteed income.


The trio of economists — Dorothée Boccanfuso, Jean-Michel Cousineau, and Raquel Fonseca — unveiled on Monday its final report given the title ” The guaranteed minimum income : a utopia ? The inspiration for the Quebec city ” in which it makes 23 recommendations.


It suggests, in particular, to increase the social assistance benefits 472 $ per year for a single person and up to 311 $ per year for a couple without children, which would allow those households with no limitations to employment to reach a disposable income equal to 55 % of the market basket Measure (MBM), 9745 $ for 2016. This measure would cost 86.4 million to the State.


At this time, a single person under the age of 65 years receives 9192 $ (52 % of the MPC) and a couple without children 13 355 $ (54 % of the MPC).


Mp pq Harold LeBel couldn’t believe on Monday, that the Committee of experts on the guaranteed minimum income, simply to call on the liberal government to pay aid equal to 55 % of the MBM, that is to say, ” only half of the amount needed to lift themselves out of extreme poverty “. “It seems that the government has given the committee a mandate which was to provide him the recommendations he needed. […] The government was he really a way to help the most vulnerable ? ” asked the spokesman of the official opposition in the fight against poverty. “The government must do better and ensure that all Quebecers have access to a decent income, which allows them to actually get out of poverty. “


“With an increase so minimal as $ 1.30 per day, those on social assistance could buy a large jar of butter of peanuts per week. It is far from the account, ” said the spokesperson of Québec solidaire, Manon Massé.


It is urging Mr. Blais to re-read his essay A guaranteed income for all prior to completing his Plan for the fight against poverty and social exclusion. “I hope that Mr. Blais will return to its roots, and will tackle, finally, of the groups “powerful interests” who defend an unjust economic system that perpetuates poverty, ” said Ms. Massaged by way of a press release.


Mr. Blais intends to lift some 100 000 Quebecers of poverty. It has to reveal its plan by the end of the year.


The chairperson of the Committee of experts on the minimum guaranteed income, Dorothée Boccanfuso, has deterred the liberal minister to establish the guaranteed minimum income through a basic income and negative income tax. Such a reform would create ” equity issues and in some cases, efficiency and work incentives “, she argued Monday.


“Vision retrograde “


The spokesman of the Collective for a poverty-free Québec, Serge Petitclerc, accuses the committee of economists have been blinded by their prejudices during the drafting of its report. “Aim for 55 % of the MBM, it is addressing the social consensus that the MPC represents a minimum threshold to cover basic needs. It is choosing to keep hundreds of thousands of people in misery “, he insisted.


He urges Mr. Blais to strengthen the protections the public to ensure to all and all a income that is at least equal to the MBM — 17 716 $ per year —, to increase the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, and then to launch a public awareness campaign to “change attitudes and to counter the myths and prejudices” overwhelming Quebecers in poverty.


Premium enhanced working


On the other hand, the Committee of experts on the guaranteed minimum income, also proposes to “significantly strengthen” the work premium.


The committee proposes to draw up this “premium” in a way that a person without children working approximately 18 hours per week at minimum wage 1661 $ more per year. Her work premium would rise from 730 to $ 2391 $.


The committee evaluates the cost of this “bonus major bonus at work” that would, according to him, more than one person to leave the social assistance program and to return to the labour market, to more than a billion dollars per year to the State.


The committee is proposing a “phasing in” significantly less expensive (109 million per year), which is to improve the work premium in a first-time for individuals only (396 000) and for couples without children (45 000). Households without children are expected to benefit from a “catch-up” compared to those with children, he argues.


In addition, the committee recommends that the automatic payment of certain tax credits, the payment of different financial support through a unique check out, as well as additional coverage for people facing situations of transition “.

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