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The government of Jean Castex is "the most expensive of the Fifth Republic" according to René Dosière

2021-10-14T10:21:45.442Z

The former PS deputy points to an increase in the number of ministerial cabinets. However, he underlines the decline in average salaries and the greater feminization of the government.



Whatever it costs!

Did the formula also apply to the functioning of departments?

According to a study published Thursday - and carried out by the former PS of Aisne and specialist in the state of life, René Dosière - the government of Jean Castex is "

the most expensive of the Fifth Republic

" with an estimate of 160 million euros for the year 2021.

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This increase in operating expenses is explained by the number of ministerial cabinets of the government of Jean Castex, which experienced a "

significant increase

" in 2020 and 2021, according to this study. The president of the Observatory of Public Ethics counts "

559 ministerial advisers on August 1, 2021, while the last government of Édouard Philippe had 313 in 2019, an increase of 79%

". The budget document associated with the 2022 finance bill mentions 570 “

cabinet members

”, but René Dosière only uses “

civilian

advisers in his calculation

, and not the military cabinet of Jean Castex or the Minister of Defense Florence Parly.

The increase in staff is itself the result of the increase in the number of ministers and the decree of July 2020 raising the maximum ceiling of staff: from 10 to 15 for full-service ministers, 13 per minister delegate and 8 per secretary of State. With free rein in choosing the size of government, the executive appointed 16 full-service ministers, 14 deputy ministers and 12 secretaries of state. The current government comes in 5th position in the ranking of the most provided governments of the Fifth Republic. Contrary to the criticized choice of Emmanuel Macron in 2017 to drastically reduce the number of members of ministerial cabinets. However, with 36 ministers in all, he is still far from the record of Michel Rocard and his 49 ministers, in 1988.

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As a result of these increased staff, the overall cost of government, with advisers and support staff, has also increased.

René Dosière estimates it at “

160 million euros

” in 2021. In 2020, “

incomplete

budgetary documents

due to the change of government had led René.

Dose of an erroneous estimate, at 185 million euros instead of 160 million.

The good news about remuneration and feminization

But the study also highlights positive points, such as a "

virtuous downward trend in individual remuneration

", down 5.9%. However, the average remuneration is still "

high

" at 8,225 euros gross per month for a cabinet member. The former parliamentarian calls for "

great vigilance

" on this subject. There are also more women in the ranks (43%). But "

positions of responsibility are still predominantly held by men

" and the Prime Minister's office is the "

least feminine (30%)

".

Among the "

novelties

", René Dosière indicates that the number of contractual

employees

in the firms is increasing to the point of becoming for the first time "

majority

" (54%), "

essentially due to the recruitment of young political collaborators from LREM and the breeding ground. parliamentary assistants

”.

Source: lefigaro

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