A new big one is on the way help for the most disadvantaged familieswith income up to 15 thousand euros, who will have a special card to be able to do the shopping in addition to the Social card, the help for the most fragile that is needed to go shopping and pay the electricity and gas bills. The new instrument developed by the Government to fight poverty is governed by article 75 of the first draft of the Maneuver.
What is the Savings Card?
First of all, it must be stated that the Shopping savings card Sara managed by the municipalitiesnot from INPS like the Social card.
Then, it must be specified that it will not be a real Card such as that recognized to recipients of basic income, but will materialize in the recognition of “shopping vouchers” for the purchase of groceries.
Such good they will be can be spent at participating points of saleeven in the face of a further discount on the price of the products purchased.
The resources allocated
The budget recognized by the Government for this measure against poverty and social unease is equal to 500 million euroswhich will be provided by a Fund set up at the Ministry of Economy and finances for the year 2023.
It will then be up to the Minister of Agriculture in concert with that of the Economy to establish the criteria and methods for identifying the beneficiaries, taking into account the age of the citizens, pension benefits, other transfers already received from the State and the economic situation of the nucleus family, but also to define the amount of the benefit, the methods and limits of use.
Who is it up to
The Savings Card will be recognized at most disadvantaged familiesthose with Isee income not higher than 15mila euro. For those who already hold the Social Card issued by INPS, it is not clear whether the two instruments will coexist or whether the new card will replace the first form of aid.
Poverty numbers are very high
The economic crisis triggered by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, resulting in increased inflation, has impoverished Italian families, even those of the middle class, who have found themselves on the poverty line. This resulted, also as a result of expensive bills, a consumption cutwhich also invests in basic necessities.
According to a recent survey by Coldiretti-Censis 47% of Italians was forced to cut the amount of food purchaseda percentage that rises to 60% if we consider the low-income segment of the population, while another 37% of Italians preferred to save on quality (46% in the case of low incomes).
Among the products most affected the alcoholic beverages which 44% of Italians said goodbye, followed by sweets (another 44% of households) e cured meat (38.7% of citizens), but also pesce (38%) e carne (37%). Less affected are basic products of the Mediterranean diet such as fruit (reduced by only 16% of consumers), vegetables (from 12%) and pasta (from 11%).