Family allowances: who are the winners and losers from family policy reforms?

Family allowances: who are the winners and losers from family policy reforms?

The monthly publication of the National Family Allowances Fund (Cnaf), “e-ssentiel”, assessed, Tuesday, “the redistributive effects of recent reforms”, at the end of the increase in load.

A woman walks past the antenna of the National Family Allowance Fund in Calais (Pas-de-Calais), April 15, 2015 (PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP)

Lowering the family quotient, modulation of family allowances … The family policy reforms implemented in 2014 and scheduled for 2015 should result in more losers than winners by 2018, according to a study by the monthly publication of the National Fund family allowances (Cnaf), “e-ssentiel” (PDF), published Tuesday 5 May.

Around 3.2 million families would see their disposable income decrease on average by 67 euros per month, according to the study’s estimates. Half of these families belong to the three highest deciles of standard of living (above 2,130 euros per month), which account for 86% of the total financial losses. For the richest 20% of families, the average loss would be around 129 euros per month.

The winning single-parent families

Due to the reforms of the childcare benefit (non-revaluation of the basic allowance and the birth premium), more modest households will also see their income decrease, since 16% of the losing families belong to the three first deciles of standard of living. However, their average loss would be only 17 euros per month.

Conversely, nearly 2.1 million families would receive on average 67 euros more per month by 2018. Among them, six out of ten would belong to the two lowest deciles of standard of living (less than 1,138 euros). per month) and would concentrate 73% of financial gains. Single-parent families would represent 52% of winning families.