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Single child allowance, how it works and how much it is worth


May 12, 2021

Universal single allowance for children, a process that starts in July and starts completely in January 2022. It is “a measure of support for parenting, but which is aimed at children, therefore to each child from the seventh month of pregnancy up to 21 years old “, said in recent days the Minister for Equal Opportunities and the Family, Elena Bonetti, in an interview with the online Eurispes magazine. “It is the recognition of a universal value that these citizens represent for all of us; therefore, it manifests the need for support for their growth”, he stressed. This single allowance is defined in law 46/2021, published in the Official Gazette number 82 of 6 April 2021 (READ), which delegates the government to adopt one or more legislative decrees aimed at “reorganizing, simplifying and strengthening measures to support children payable through the single and universal allowance “. According to what is stated in article 1 of the law,” in order to promote the birth rate, to support parenthood and to promote employment, in particular for women, the Government is delegated to adopt, within twelve months from the date of entry into force of this law, on the proposal of the Minister with delegation for the family, the Minister of Labor and Social Policies and the Minister of Economy and Finance, after consulting the Unified Conference referred to in ‘Article 8 of Legislative Decree 28 August 1997, n.281, one or more legislative decrees aimed at reorganizing, simplifying and strengthening, even progressively, the measures in support of dependent children through towards the single and universal check “. WHAT IT IS – It consists of a monthly allowance for all families who have a dependent child up to 21 years of age. It should have a maximum value of 250 euros, based on the ISEE, and is made up of a fixed value and a variable value depending on the overall income of the family. WHO IS IT – The benefit will be attributed to employees, self-employed or incompetent. All mothers from the seventh month of pregnancy can apply. Furthermore, from 18 years of age, a reduced sum compared to the allowance could be credited directly to the child if: he is enrolled at university; is a trainee; is enrolled in a professional course; carries out the civil service; has a low-income job. CISL PROPOSAL – On the subject of the new single allowance then comes a proposal presented in recent days by the CISL, the cost of which is estimated by the same union at around 20-21 billion euros: a minimum allowance equal for all of 800 euros for each minor child , Approximately 67 euros per month, which can be increased by a further 1,600 euros up to an overall support of 2,400 euros per year, 200 euros per month, for the lowest incomes. About 20% of Italian families receive the highest allowance, therefore 2,400 euros per year per child, while the highest family incomes, that 10% with an Isr above 80 thousand euros per year. The remainder, about 70% of families, will receive a check between these two extremes (800 and 2,400 euros) based on their income situation. ISEE – To measure the level of income, however, the CISL does not envisage the use of the ISEE, which would distort the starting conditions of families, but that of the ISR contained in the ISEE itself, which would have “the advantage of providing an all-encompassing measure of the situation family income, taking into account some relevant expenses through specific deductions “. In this way, say the simulations contained in the Report, referring to a family with 2 minor children of two employees with the same income from work, for a family income of 20,000 euros per year it would go from the current 3,500 euros per year to 4,800. ; for a family income of 40,000 euros, on the other hand, the amount of support would go from just under 2,500 to 3,900 euros; to 60,000 euros of family income from work, the annual amount would increase from about 1,900 euros to 2,400 euros. LARGE FAMILIES – The CISL design also provides for annual increases for large families (+800 euros for each child over the second), for disabled children (from + 30% to + 50%) and for families with mothers below of 21 years (+1,000 euros). For adult children under the age of 21, who meet the requirements defined in the enabling law, the amount of the allowance is halved. The proposal for a new single allowance also provides for a second hypothesis: that of granting an increase in the variable part for the second working spouse (+500 euros per year), to reduce any disincentive to work, offset by a lower support for those who today they do not receive any benefits.