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Some fundamental quality of life issues for dependent men and women are still underfunded or not yet addressed, such as family caregivers, independent living projects, After Us. The main national organizations demand more attention and additional economic resources from the government and parliament. “

There budget law of the Meloni government, finally approved by the Senate on December 29, resulted in some small positive measures (and there are some small changes) for people with disability and their families. For example, a question about disabled students that they could not benefit from scholarships which are combined with a disability pension. In addition, 10 million euros have been allocated to the Inclusive Suburbs pilot fund, which includes interventions to be able to help the subjects. not self-sufficient who live in adverse conditions and moneyfamily allowance in which there are children with disabilities under the age of 21.

However, various fundamental problems of the quality of life of dependent men and women remain, nevertheless, underfunded or not yet solved, such as, for example, guardians family, independent life projects, After U.S. The main national organizations protecting the rights of people with disabilities are asking the government and parliament for more attention and additional economic resources. “More could have been done. Action was needed to increase the funds needed to ensure equal dignity and social inclusion for people with disabilities. Measures that we hope will be included in the following measures,” commented the president of Fish (Italian Handicap Federation). Vincent Falabella. “Thanks to the work of FISH, some results have been achieved and important rules have been included, such as the extension until 2025 of the 75 percent deduction for activities to remove architectural barriers.”

Resources dedicated to people with disabilities Ilfattoquotidiano.it President of Confad (National Coordination of Families with Disabilities) Alessandro Chiarini explains: “Disability intervention is certainly emerging residual From an economic point of view, the intervention does not appear to be sufficient to eliminate inequality against many families with disabilities who are suffering more and more, no action is taken to increase disability pensions nor has there been any significant change for family caregivers who have been waiting years for a law to be passed to recognize their rights and protections. We are also waiting to understand how the disability empowerment law’s executive orders will be structured.”

Removal of architectural barriers and single verification – The 75% deduction for works to overcome and remove architectural barriers, previously provided only for 2022, has been extended for three years and will be applied to documented expenses incurred until December 31, 2025. temporarily introduced a unified universal allowance for 2022 for disabled children under the age of 21. The recognized surcharge is 50 euros. “This figure is very low, but it is nonetheless a step in the right direction,” says Chiarini, “even if the discrepancy has not yet been corrected, due to which many families with children over the age of 21 were penalized by the access rating system to measures. in the transition from gross income to ISEE.

Scholarships and Art/Music Education for Students with Disabilities – Finally, the issue of scholarships for university students with disabilities has been resolved, which are no longer taken into account when calculating the achievement of income limits for receiving a monthly allowance and disability pension. “This is certainly a positive measure, obviously interesting for a small audience of students,” says Chiarini. “Indeed, when evaluating this text, it should be remembered that many scholarships are already rid from taxation: nothing changes for their owners. In addition, to encourage participation and improvement in higher arts and music education, the allocated resources have been increased by 1 million euros per year. “The increase is small and there is spontaneous concern,” states the first in Confada, “to know what the actual use will be, in other words, it is important that they are actually used to support those directly involved and that they are not dispersed in contributions to institutions third parties.”

Citizenship income, expensive bills and opportunities for women – When revising the RKD, households with a disabled person were taken into account: they are not provided for a reduction in payments to just seven months. On the topic of expensive bills, the fund established by art. 8 of Decree Law N. 144 of 2022 (Ter Aid Decree) increased by 5 million euros. Thus, an extraordinary contribution to the increase in the cost of heat and electricity in favor of the Third Sector entities that provide social, medical and social services in a residential or semi-residential mode for people with disabilities is recognized. and for disabled older people. “For families,” adds Chiarini, “the budget law also allocates 2.4 million euros to increase the amounts in the first quarter of 2023 bonuses provided due to both economic hardships (electricity and gas) and physical hardships (electricity), i.e. for people with disabilities who use electromedical devices and life-saving appliances. Everything will be regulated by the ARERA regulation.”

Right to pensions for working women who by December 31, 2022 have accumulated a contribution period equal to or greater than 35 years and a registered age of 60 reduced by one year for each child (maximum two years) is granted to women who have decline in professional capacity (with an appropriate certificate of civil disability greater than or equal to 74%), and women who, at the time of the request and for at least 6 months, have assisted a spouse or first-degree relative living with a serious disability in accordance with Article 3, paragraph 3 of Law No. 104. “The previously valid criteria were revised in a more restrictive manner, which seriously limited their application. However, family caregivers are timidly beginning to be recognized as one of the requirements for access to the measure is caring for a partner with a severe disability.” In fact, there are still too few. ” The age limit of 60 seems unfair in relation to many women who may have been doing this for decades backflip to reconcile work and caregiving activities almost 24 hours a day: these people should be given an early pension that is more in line with the severity of the obligations they have to fulfill on a daily basis. Not to mention, male family members should also have equal access to this measure, which instead excludes them entirely,” denounces the president of Confad.

Fund for non-self-sufficiency grows, but this is not enough: “We need 2 billion a year” – TFP is growing as expected over a three-year period, but the allocated resources are completely insufficient for the needs of the people involved. This is noted by all major national associations. Some data: they were provided 822 million for 2022, 865.3 million for 2023 and 913 million for 2024. “Insufficient funds will be needed, at least twice as much as has been allocated so far,” Falabella reiterates. Problems not only with resources, but also with delivery method. “Regional distribution, unfortunately, underlies an extremely diverse situation: between region and region there are too many unequal conditions and unfair inequalitiesChiarini condemns. “Access to support measures should be more homogeneous, from the north to the south of Italy, with provisions that provide greater reassurance and peace of mind for all families with people with disabilities, regardless of their place of residence.”

Smart work for the disabled extended until March 31 – The law on the budget adopted a further expansion of the right to the so-called. smart work for fragile workers. “It’s not actually a true extension, but rather one reformulation, partly stricter and partly more binding than the rules that have changed in this matter over the past two years,” explains Chiarini. The regulation is valid until March 31, 2023 for public and private employees and provides that the employer ensures the performance of work in a flexible mode also by assigning to different tasks included in the same category or classification area, without any reduction in pay.

Source: II Fatto Quotidiano

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