A 1% tax on capital revenue in France is expected to raise 1.4 bn euros for a new government aid plan for the unemployed. (Photo: French President Nicolas Sarkozy with Martin Hirsch, in charge of the aid programme)
New tax to bring in 1.5 billon euros for the unemployed
According to French financial daily Les Echos, (article in French) a new French government aid programme for the unemployed will be financed by a 1% tax on capital revenue from real estate and investments. This new tax would bring in 1.4 billion euros for the aid programme, the total cost of which is estimated at 1.5 billion euros. French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to officially announce on Thursday details of the aid plan, called the ‘Active solidarity revenue’ (RSA).
Budget minister Eric Woerth confirmed on Wednesday that the move was a “serious possibility”.
In a move to combat France’s stagnating purchasing power and encourage the unemployed to seek part-time work, the RSA, already implemented on an experimental basis in certain French regions since May 2007, seeks to provide an alternative to existing French government aid programmes like the RMI (aid for the unemployed), the PPE (aid for those employed with low salaries) and the API (aid for single-parent families). Martin Hirsch, former President of Emmaus
The government hopes to generalise the RSA plan by mid-2009, which, in the long run, could completely replace the three existing aid programmes mentioned above.
Encouraging part-time work for the unemployed
The new aid program aims to help both the unemployed and poor workers.
In previously existing aid programmes in
Date created : 2008-08-27