Artisans ‘surrender’, Cgia: “In the last 10 years it has lost 300 thousand units”

Traditional handicrafts are particularly affected

Italian craftsmen are ‘giving up’ so much that in the last 10 years they have decreased by almost 300 thousand units. This is underlined by the Cgia which underlines: weakened by the rental boom, by taxes, by the insufficient generational turnover, by the contraction in the turnover caused by the historic competition from large-scale distribution and, for some years now, also by electronic commerce, the artisans are declining appallingly.

In the last 10 years, in fact, the number of artisan owners, members and collaborators registered with INPS has dropped by almost 300,000 units, to be precise 281,9251. It is a continuous hemorrhage that is affecting, in particular, traditional craftsmanship, the one that with its presence, history and culture has marked, until a few decades ago, many streets of our cities and provincial towns. ‘Cgia Research Office.

It is enough to observe carefully, the CGIA underlines, the suburban neighborhoods and historic centers to realize that there are many signs that have been removed and just as many are the windows that are no longer set up, perpetually dirty and with the shutters down. They are an unequivocal sign of the deterioration in the quality of life of many urban realities. Cities, in fact, are not made up only of squares, monuments, palaces and asphalt strips, but also of places of exchange where people meet even just to have a chat.

The Cgia highlights that these micro-activities preserve the identity of a community and are an extraordinary safeguard capable of strengthening the social cohesion of a territory. In short, with fewer shops and neighborhood shops, the places for socializing on a human scale decrease and everything turns gray, making the urban areas that suffer from these closures less livable and more insecure, penalizing above all the elderly. An increasingly large audience of the Italian population which counts more than 10 million over 70s. Often not having a car and without shops near the house, for many of them, shopping has become a big problem.