HOW TO GET FINANCIAL AID IN ITALY FOR FREE

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THERE ARE VARIOUS KINDS OF FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE TO CITIZENS AND NON-CITIZENS IN ITALY

Italy has been known as a country to have assisted the poor and the weak through their various programs and policies for so many years. Migrants too have benefited a lot from various financial aid with different type of support and assistance from the government either in the form of monthly stipend, housing and accommodation and so on and so forth.

 It is very important to be aware of the financial aid that the government guarantees in support for families with low income or earners who need help from the government in other to benefit from it. You can only ask if you know and get what is available.

Therefore, the purpose of this post is to address the financial aid available for low income families and earners for free, who are entitled and how they can be requested for.

So let’s take a look at these financial aid, bonuses, contributions, concessions, bill discounts, tariff reduction or whatever you may call it that is available in Italy for the year 2020 and beyond.

These financial aid can be claimed by Italian citizens, citizens of a member state of the European Union and Non- EU citizens with a regular resident permit.

BONUS BEBE/BABY BONUS 2020 FINANCIAL AID.

Financial aid

WHAT IS IT?

The birth allowance (also called “Bonus Baby “) is a monthly allowance reserved for new parents who have a new child, adopted or in pre-adoptive foster care.

The allowance is due from the month of birth or entry into the family of the adopted or entrusted child for one year. The application must be submitted within 90 days from the birth or from the date of entry of the minor into the family, following the adoption or pre-adoption custody.

In any case, if the application is submitted beyond 90 days, the check starts from the month of submission of the application.

WHO IS IT FOR?

For families who have an ISEE income of up to 25,000 Euro per year. The financial contribution is equal to 120 Euro per month while for those who have an ISEE income of 7,000 or less, the baby bonus is 160 Euro per month, for higher incomes it is equal to 80 Euros. There is a 20% increase for the second child baby added to the family. For example for an ISEE income of 7,000 or less, 192 euro will be paid per month for second child.

HOW DO I APPLY?

To request the INPS birth allowance, the families concerned must present the INPS baby bonus application, through the appropriate online procedure of the Institute, if they are in possession of the device INPS PIN or by calling the INPS call center at 803164 free of charge from the landline or 061641164 for a fee via mobile phone. Or by contacting Patronati and CAF who will take care of you to send the application to INPS.

REDDITO DI CITTADINANZA/CITIZENS INCOME FINANCIAL AID.

WHAT IS IT?

Though the name is often mistaken for a form of universal basic income, the payment is in fact more like unemployment benefit schemes seen in many other European countries which in this case are designed to alleviate poverty and address unemployment in Italy.

 The amount that can be claimed ranges from up to €780 for single people and €1,300 for a family with two children. The money will be paid into bank accounts which can be accessed using a special debit card. Any money left on the cards at the end of the month goes back to the state which is an incentive to spend the full amount which the government hopes will help boost the economy.

Recipients must also enroll in job training, and will lose the benefit if they turn down more than three job offers. The benefit will last for 18 months, but claimants will then be able to reapply if still eligible.

WHO IS IT FOR?

To be qualified you must be 18 years of age, being unemployed or unemployed. Also, you must have an ISEE of less than 9,360 euro which is an income below the poverty line established by ISTAT in Italy. For foreigners, it is necessary to have residency in Italy for at least 10 years with an EC residence permit, of which the last 2 years you have continuously lived in Italy. No citizenship income for anyone that is unemployed for voluntary reasons.

HOW DO I APPLY?

To request the citizens income, the families concerned must present the INPS citizens income application, through the appropriate online procedure of the Institute, if they are in possession of the device INPS PIN or by calling the INPS call center at 803164 free of charge from the landline or 061641164 for a fee via mobile phone or by contacting Patronati and CAF who will take care of you to send the application to INPS.

HOUSEHOLD ALLOWANCE (ASEGNO FAMILIARI, ANF) FINANCIAL AID.

WHAT IS IT?

This is a form of an income support service or family allowance, reserved for employees and assimilated persons, and pensioners, if in possession of certain income requirements, family composition etc. determined each year by Italian law. It consist of the payment by INPS of monthly allowances to families with a total income below the bands predetermined by law and indicated in the ANF INPS amount tables, published annually by INPS.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The family allowance is payable to employees, including agricultural workers and domestic workers, registered under separate management, pension holders and workers in other direct payment situations.

HOW DO I APPLY?

To request the house hold allowance, the families concerned must present the INPS house hold allowance application, through the appropriate online procedure of the Institute, if they are in possession of the device INPS PIN or by calling the INPS call center at 803164 free of charge from the landline or 061641164 for a fee via mobile phone or by contacting Patronati and CAF who will take care of you to send the application to INPS.

MOMS TOMORROW/ BONUS MAMA DOMANI FINANCIAL AID.

WHAT IS IT?

It is a birth premium or bonus of a prize of 800 euros to be paid by the government through bank account or prepaid card with IBAN to future mothers expecting a baby or adopted or fostered a minor regardless of income for the cost of exams and diagnostics and expenses for the baby, starting from the 7th month of pregnancy

WHO IS IT FOR?

For pregnant women, mothers who give birth during the year as long as they are resident in Italy, with Italian or EU citizenship, with non-EU citizenship with political refugee status and subsidiary protection, with non-EU citizenship in possession of the EU residence permit for long term residents or residence card for family members of EU citizens.

HOW DO I APPLY?

To apply, you must fill out the application form electronically and attaching the health certification issued by the specialist doctor of the National Health Service, certifying the expected date of delivery. If the application is submitted after the birth, the mother must self certify in the application the date of delivery and the general information of the child

NURSERY BONUS/ BONUS ALL” ASILO FINANCIAL AID.

WHAT IS IT?

This is a bonus payment of fees for kindergartens and home care for children under three years of age suffering from serious chronic diseases whose underage ISEE does not exceed 25,000 euro and family income not exceeding 40,000 euro.  

Nursery voucher which is 3,000 euro for families with ISEE incomes of up to 25,000 and 2,500 euro for families between 25,000 to 40,000 and 1,500 euro for families with incomes over 40,000 euro

It is important to note that the monthly contribution paid cannot in any case exceed the expenses incurred for the payment of the single fee for the child.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The nursery bonus is a contribution that can be requested for one of the following cases:

1. Payment of fees: related to the frequency of public and private authorized kindergartens;

2. Use of forms of support: at home for children under the age of three, affected by serious chronic diseases.

HOW DO I APPLY?

To request the nursery bonus, the families concerned must present the INPS house hold allowance application, through the appropriate online procedure of the Institute, if they are in possession of the device INPS PIN or by calling the INPS call center at 803164 free of charge from the landline or 061641164 for a fee via mobile phone or by contacting Patronati and CAF who will take care of you to send the application to INPS.

STATE MATERNITY ALLOWANCE FINANCIAL AID

WHAT IS IT?

This is a subsidy for working mothers, which is due for a maximum of 5 months equal to 80% of pay payable for  2 months prior to and 3 months after the date of birth or 1 month prior to and 4 months after.

WHO IS IT FOR?

If you are an employed worker and, under certain conditions, if you are an agricultural worker, domestic worker or caregiver, if you work from home, are unemployed or are a worker with a suspended employment contract.

If you belong to the categories of independent workers, freelancers, workers with a fixed-term contract signed up to a separate INPS scheme, you are not obliged to take a leave of absence from work.

The fundamental requirement to be entitled to the allowance is to be resident in Italy and to be Italian. EU or non- EU citizens with an EC residence permit are also entitled.

If you belong to the categories of independent workers, freelancers, workers with a fixed-term contract signed up to a separate INPS scheme, you are not obliged to take a leave of absence from work.

HOW DO I APPLY?

To apply for the maternity allowance status, submit to INPS electronically within 6 months of the birth of the child or in the case of adoption or foster care, from the date of entry of the minor into family.

MUNICIPALITY MATERNITY ALLOWANCE FINANCIAL AID.

WHAT IS IT?

This is a contribution that is due in case of pregnancy to unemployed mothers and housewives who do not qualify for other maternity support measures or mothers who are not in possession of the requisites to access the state maternity allowance. The common maternity allowance is 338.89 euro for 3 months which is summed up together and paid once but we await the new 2020 amounts.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The check is due to unemployed mothers and housewives mothers that have an ISEE of no more than 16,995.95 euro, or receive other social security benefits or another INPS maternity allowance.

HOW DO I APPLY?

The application must be submitted to the Municipality of residence within 6 months of the birth of the child and the entry into the family of the minor, if adopted or in foster care.

RENTAL BONUS FINANCIAL AID.

WHAT IS IT?

This is a new measure included in the House package called Urban Revival, which will start in 2020. A large part of the resources put into the new House plan will finance the rental bonus in order to facilitate access to rental for families in difficulty especially during this pandemic.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Basically this measure is to help families who are in difficulties to pay house rent due to the effects caused by the Covid- 19 pandemic which will also benefit the landlords as well. Different parts of the country namely: Lombardy, Tuscany, Milan, Lazio, Rome, Campania and Sicily have all announced their different criteria and requirements for applicants. For example. In the Lazio region, family with income of 28,000 Euros gross or less for the year 2019 and a reduction of more than 30% of the total household income for causes attributable to the Covid-19 emergency within the period that goes from 23 February to 31 May 2020 are eligible to apply. Applicants should also possess Italian citizenship, EU country citizenship or a regular residence permit.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Applications are to be made directly to Municipalities and the rent bonus contribution will be paid directly to the families upon presentation of a specific application. The resources will directly reach the families through the definition of municipal rankings updated every three months

BILL DISCOUNTS FOR ELECTRICITY, WATER AND GAS FINANCIAL AID.

WHAT IS IT?

This is simply a discount on electricity and /or gas bills

WHO IS IT FOR?

For families who have certain ISEE requirements and conditions. To access the gas bonus published on the AEEG website, you must have an ISEE income of 8, 107.5 or less, not more than 20, 000 Euros for large families with more than 3 children load. The new ISEE threshold of 8,107.5 and the increase in the discount to 30% are also in force for light.

HOW DO I APPLY?

You can apply by contacting the CAF and Patronati who free of charge, will send the application to receive the bonus from the electricity and/ or gas distributor.

OTHERS

RAI FEE EXEMPTION.

You are entitled for this exemption if you are over 75 years old and have an income of up to 8,000 euro. Those who do not own a television set in the home, or have multiple electrical users registered, must send a specific request for exemption.

WASTE TAX REDUCTION

Each Municipality or Region, upon approval of a specific resolution, can arrange for the reduction or exemption of the waste tax. Therefore, citizens interested in requesting the exemption or reduction must check with their Municipality the methods of payment of any tariff relief.

50% REDUCTION IN TELECOM TELEPHONE FEE

This is a low income family aid that is only due if the family income is 6,713.94 euro, if there is a person with a civil disability pension or social allowance or with more than 75 years old or if the head of the family is unemployed.

BONUS BOOKS.

This is a discount for families to buy school books and school supplies for children attending compulsory school. The measure of the bonus and the modalities of granting and disbursing the contribution are up to the municipalities, which with specific deliberation, set the ISEE family income requirements and limit to access the benefit.

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