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Programmes adressing some very current issues

Programmes adressing some very current issues

the DSS is at the forefront of some of the programmes at the centre of the French political agenda designed to address issues that are of most importance to people in France : getting good-quality health care, providing
for oneself in old age and meeting the needs of one’s family.

The DSS worked with the civil service minister in crafting and carrying
through the pension reforms of 2003 and 2008 and has played a central
role in the pension reform of 2010.

It was also a key player in the health insurance reforms of 2004 and
2008, the 2008 reform resulting in the creation of the regional health
agencies (ARS) and the introduction of the early childhood benefit programme
(PAJE).

It helps to simplify life for customers by modernising the services provided
under the social security system and streamlining administrative
formalities. The Carte Vitale 2, the removal of the requirement to declare
income for receipt of family benefits and the online declarations
facility for companies are just some of the many measures behind
which it has been a driving force.

The DSS is also involved in employment policy through the exemptions
granted on employer social security contributions, a measure
designed to reduce labour costs and spur job creation.

Measures to support employment

All told, exemptions from contributions and reductions in the taxable base (the so-called niches sociales) amount to over e40 billion. This includes more than e25 billion in reductions in contributions which, concerning nearly 10 million employees (e22.4 billion), is the primary instrument to stimulate employment while supporting purchasing power through tax exemptions on overtime hours (e2.9 billion).

These reductions in contributions have helped to lower labour costs. On the minimum wage (SMIC), employee social contribution rates fell from 35% in 1980 to 4% in 2008. Overall, this relief has had the effect of reducing social protection costs for employers from 55% in the early nineteen nineties to 43.7% today.