Childcare: how the state will better help parents financially


Posted Sep 23, 2022, 5:38 PMUpdated Sep 23, 2022, 5:45 PM

The government promises to do more to help parents reconcile work and family life. He is preparing to adopt a series of measures intended to reduce the cost of childcare and to better take into account the diversity of family situations, on the occasion of the draft Social Security budget for 2023 presented on Monday .

A sign of the executive’s desire to better stick to the reality of families, the government will, according to our information, open up the possibility of distributing the aid allocated for financing childcare between separated parents. Parents will no longer have to fend for themselves to share the assistance paid to them.

Important charge remains

This provision is part of a broader overhaul of the aid allocated to help parents pay for childcare (the complement to free choice of childcare). The objective displayed by the executive – which will devote 300 million euros to this measure – is that the remainder to be borne by families is the same whether the child is kept in a crèche or by a childminder.

The targets for opening crèche places were not achieved under the previous five-year term. And “today, it is 60% of children who are looked after by childminders, there is a much larger charge”, justified the Minister of Solidarity, Jean-Christophe Combe, in an interview with the newspaper ” Provence “.

Announcements welcomed

“For a single woman, for example who has a child and who earns 1,300 euros per month, it is 200 euros that she will be able to save tomorrow if she continues to put her child with a childminder”, illustrated Jean-Christophe Combe, speaking of a “major, considerable step forward”.

The announcements of the government are in fact a favorable echo. They “represent a strong signal sent by the government to respond to the difficulties encountered by parents”, reacted in a press release Julie L’Hotel Delhoume, president of Fepem Île-de-France, representing individual employers.

The government will also help single-parent families more, knowing that one child in five lives in a single-parent family and that a third of these families are poor. Financial assistance for childcare normally designed for children under 6 years old can thus be received by single fathers or mothers until their child is 12 years old, announced Jean-Christophe Combe.

Enough to allow single parents to better reconcile professional and family life. Knowing that around 160,000 people would not work because they could not entrust their child.

184 euros per month and per child

“Women have to make a choice between family and professional life and that is not possible,” declared Minister Jean-Christophe Combe. This measure, the cost of which is around 500 million euros (taking into account the associated tax credit) is a new boost for single-parent families.

Already in September, the government announced that the family support allowance (ASF), paid to the parent who is responsible for one or more children and does not receive child support, will be increased by 50%. It will thus increase from November from 123 to 184 euros per month and per child. All at a cost of some 850 million euros per year for a full year.

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