Assisted contracts, these jobs in which you can’t afford to spend

The torrents of water that are dumped on the Aude have, for once, spared the valley of the Corneilla. No serious damage reported in this end of campaign happy, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Like every day, the fifty-four children from the consolidation teaching of Festes-et-Saint-André, Bourigeole, Bouriège and Roquetaillade, have joined their schools. And as every day, they have lunch in the premises adjacent to the town hall, in the face of an ancient ceremony, still for sale.

However, if the walls have held, a large part of the local life threat, to him, to collapse. The rural Association for popular education (AREP), in suspension for over a year, need 25,000 euros to complete its budget and continue to support the nursery, the dining-room, study, library, in short, essential services, extra-curricular of the valley. “Missions that are filled to the place of the State,” says the director, Claire Poussou. Missions in danger also from the drastic decrease in the number of assisted contracts, as decided by the government in 2017.


Intended primarily for long-term unemployed, young people without qualification and to recipients of social minima benefits, these jobs were subsidized, sometimes up to 95 % of the gross rate of the minimum wage.

In the second quarter of 2017, 474 000 people) were in the non-profit sector through, inter alia, contracts to support employment (CAE). They were more than 280 000, a year later, after the cuts of the State. A size justified by the low rate of insertion on the labour market of the persons concerned. According to the Direction of the animation of research, studies and statistics (Dares), only 26 % had a job lasting six months after the end of their contract.

“These contracts are bandages, which do not hide the wounds, there was no choice,” despairs Thomas Base, the president…

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