(see related article on the budget) (ANSA) – ROME, NOVEMBER 21 – The government is set to scrap the “citizen’s wage” benefit for those considered fit for work from 2024, sources have said Monday before a cabinet meeting.
Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s cabinet is expected to approve the 2022 budget package, including changes to the “citizen’s wage”, at the meeting.
Parties supporting Meloni’s government, led by his right-wing Brothers of Italy (FdI) group, have long criticized the anti-poverty benefit, saying it is prone to abuse and reduces incentives for the unemployed to find work.
Indeed, there had been talk of the government suspending the allowance for people deemed fit for work from January 1, 2023, a measure that would have saved 1.8 billion euros in public spending.
But the government has decided to give “employable” beneficiaries a year to adapt with the help of trainings which will be compulsory, the sources said. (ANSA).
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