Disability: the fund reserves insertion Agefiph exhausted by the end of 2017

Handicap: les réserves du fonds d'insertion Agefiph épuisées fin 2017

The reserves of the fund which strives for the professional integration of people with disabilities in the private sector, Agefiph, continue to decline and will be exhausted at the end of 2017, warned Tuesday its director general, Didier Eyssartier.

In 2016, the Association for the management of the fund for the vocational integration of people with disabilities (Agefiph), has collected 404,5 million euro (+0,7%), the penalties paid by companies with at least 20 employees which do not comply with the legal obligation to employ at least 6% of disabled workers.

She has committed at the same time 450,2 million euros (-4,6%) to finance the actions of insertion in the employment primarily, and for its operating budget, according to results presented at a press conference.

Given the stagnation of the resources, while the needs remain significant, “our prediction is that at the end of this year, ( … ), our financial reserves will be exhausted and we will just have the minimum level” to allow approximately “three months of operation,” said Mr. Eyssartier.

The “levies” carried out by the State for the past three years to fund supported employment, “29 million euros per year in 2015, 2016 and 2017”, have contributed to this situation, he pointed out.

The association has asked to be received by the new secretary of State in charge of disability, Sophie Cluzel, to discuss the issue, said the president of the Agefiph, Anne Baltazar.

The previous government had planned to initiate a reflection on the model of funding provided by the Agefiph and the FIPHFP, its equivalent to the public service, which is facing the same problem.

The inspection general of social affairs (Igas) and finance (IGF) will start a joint survey on the topic, said two officials.

According to Ms. Baltazar, it had been planned before the presidential “corrective measures” in the draft finance bill 2018, “in order that the two funds could run in 2018, which does not avoid a discussion of greater magnitude”.

In 2014 (latest figures available), the employment rate of people with disabilities in the private sector was 3.3% in direct employment, and 4% were in cash employment via sub-contractors. Companies that do not reach the target of 6% are required to pay a contribution to Agefiph.