Who are Italy’s care leavers and how many are there?by Roberta Lunghini - 2017.05.26
In Italy, there are nearly 3,000 minors who having just turned 18, are forced to leave the homes that had taken them in, due to a newly acquired adult status. These so-called “care leavers”, are young people without legal protection while still minors, and who must become independent much earlier than their peers, who, unlike them, can enjoy the stability of a family. This very delicate issue has recently been addressed in a secondary Italian report, based on an earlier international study conducted by SOS Children’s Villages International with London University College. Which for the first time, shed light on the social, economic, logistical obstacles to employment stability, and, thus, economic independence, created by the current legislation. The aim of the study was to investigate the structures, policies, practices, and support mechanisms that can impact the “employability” of these young people who can no longer count on a safety net of legal protection, and their successful integration in the workplace.
Italy’s new work vouchers
Options for taking on occasional projects (i.e. non-steady employment) in Italy have changed. The old “voucher” system has been substituted with two other procedures. The first is a family book, for individuals who do not have a formal professions or work in any given commercial enterprise. In this category, only Read More.
Parents reminded by nurseries to not forget their kids in the car
”Excuse me for insisting” (Scusa se insisito) is a new project aimed at helping parents not forget their children are in the car. An idea created by the Italian association of nurseries in Milan (Assonidi), in light of the significant increase in cases of Dissociative Amnesia, in Italy. The disturbance Read More.
New government assistance for poor families: animal voucher
The Italian municipality of Trieste has decided to help citizens who are in economic difficulty take care of their pets. A special fund has been set up that will provide a €30 coupon that can be spent on necessities for one’s pet, especially for visits with the veterinarian. This assistance Read More.
Who is entitled to Inclusion Welfare Assistance in Italy?
What does the new decree introducing the Inclusion Welfare Assistance (Reddito di inclusion - ReI) in Italy provide? The document, already approved by the Council of Ministers on a proposal from the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, implements the new national law against poverty. This economic benefit, amounted to Read More.
Italian parents receive government assistance for nursery school
In Italy, after July 17th of this year, families will be able to count on a government contribution to their nursery school expenses. From that initial date until December 31st, 2017, families will be able to apply for the assistance, which consists of €1.000 annually, to be allocated in monthly Read More.
How much the EU spends on family/child benefits
Over €330 billion were spent in 2014 in the European Union (EU) on family/child benefits. This represents 8.6% of total social benefits, ranking the function "Family and children" on the third position after "Old age and survivors" (45.9%) and "Sickness, healthcare and disability" (36.5%). The relative significance of benefits for Read More.