Poverty decreases slightly in France

Poverty decreases slightly in France

According to figures published this Tuesday, September 22 by INSEE, the standard of living of the most disadvantaged has increased slightly, for the first time since 2008.

Poverty decreases slightly in France

For the first time since the 2008 crisis, the standard of living of the poorest is improving slightly. According to INSEE, in 2013, the poverty rate in France fell by 0.3% to 14% of the population. This slight improvement in the lot of the most modest is accompanied by a small deterioration on the side of the better-off, notes the conjuncture institute, due to the fall in income from assets and the rise in taxes, as explained by Marie. Guyard, from France 2.

An “imperceptible” improvement, according to associations

According to the study, the revaluation of certain benefits has also made it possible to reduce the intensity of poverty for the 8,600,000 people who live below the poverty line, set at 1,000 euros per month. But for associations helping the most disadvantaged, this improvement is “imperceptible”, she is “Purely mathematical”, for the ATD Quart Monde association.