The government of Prime Minister Georgia Meloni has decided to halt the granting of "social income" to unemployed and low-income citizens in Italy, starting August 1. This measure, initiated by the first government of Giuseppe Conte in March 2019, aimed to provide support to the country's poorest citizens, averaging around 550 euros per month.
The official announcement was made over the weekend through text messages sent to thousands of mobile phones. The decision affects families where some citizens are considered capable of seeking new employment. However, this move has sparked discontent, particularly in regions of southern Italy with high unemployment rates.
To replace the previous "social income," the Rome government has approved a new measure known as the "social inclusion income," capped at 6,000 euros per year.
Furthermore, individuals not eligible for this benefit can apply for a monthly allowance of 350 euros for up to one year, provided they attend vocational training courses concurrently.
While the center-left opposition and the Five Star Party accuse the Meloni government of launching a "war against the poorest citizens" by abolishing the "social income," the Italian Prime Minister and her supporting parties argue that these measures cannot be sustained as permanent aid, especially for those capable of reintegrating into the job market.