This was revealed by a report created for Adnkronos by the Administrative Journal Foundation of the Italian Republic. Basilicata, Tuscany and Lombardy the most ‘virtuous’
How much does fixed telephony cost in Italian regions and cities? How much do they spend on the phone bill? This was revealed by a report created for Adnkronos by the Fondazione Gazzetta Amministrativa della Repubblica italiana, which, as part of the ‘Pythagoras’ project, compiled a ranking of the costs incurred in 2021 by Regions and provincial capitals for the maintenance of their offices and of their structures, complete with the assignment of ratings.
Indeed, the Research Center of the Foundation analyzes all the official financial data of the public body in question and, through scientific research algorithms, identifies potential waste, or critical expenditure in the public accounts. The institution’s expenses in relation to the individual items are compared with the reference benchmark and, depending on the levels of expenditure variance identified, we speak of ‘positive performance’ (when the expenditure is lower than or equal to the average), ‘variance slight’ (when spending is between the average spend and 30% more), ‘significant variance’ (when spending is between the slight variance and 100% more), ‘out of control’ spending (when the expenditure exceeds the average expenditure by more than 100%. The rating – which is based exclusively on objective accounting data free from any discretionary evaluation – assigns the best performance the triple ‘A’, while the worst is assigned the letter ‘C’ (TABLE).
On the website www.adnkronos.com all the tables and figures of the report (TABLE 1 – TABLE 2 – TABLE 3 – TABLE 4 – TABLE 5 – TABLE 6 – TABLE 7 – TABLE 8).
More ‘virtuous’ Basilicata, Tuscany and Lombardy – Basilicata, Tuscany and Lombardy are the most ‘virtuous’ Italian regions in spending on landline telephony. Three Regions that are awarded the overall AAA rating. In particular, for this cost item, in 2021 Basilicata spent 14,420.11 euros, Tuscany 84,070.37 and Lombardy 115,478.95.
To be ‘promoted’ for spending on mobile telephony, with an overall rating from A to AA, are also Liguria and Veneto which, with an amount of 46,364.16 and 208,013.44 euros respectively, are awarded double AA, and then , with single A, Molise (18,258.33) and Piedmont (340,661.37).
Instead, the Regions with ‘intermediate’ performances include: with BBB Marche (164,161.06 euros), Calabria (218,043.94), Sicily (570,223.87); with BB Puglia (803,044.88) and Campania (1,590,376.50); with B Emilia-Romagna (1,428,698.55), and Lazio (2,464,450.58). While the data of Valle d’Aosta, Trentino Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Sardinia are not comparable for this item.
Umbria and Abruzzo less efficient – Umbria and Abruzzo are the least efficient Regions in the costs incurred for fixed telephony. They are the only two to receive the ‘C’, the worst rating assigned by the special classification drawn up for Adnkronos by the Fondazione Gazzetta Amministrativa della Repubblica Italiana.
Specifically, for this item, in 2021 Umbria spent 446,956.88 euros. A figure more than doubled compared to previous years: in 2018 it was in fact equal to 242,663.86 euros, in 2019 109,709.89 euros and in 2020 136,523.09 euros (TABLE).
As for Abruzzo, in 2021 it spent 690,210.40 euros. This figure is higher than in 2020 (601,985.11) and 2019 (574,305.55), but lower if compared to 2018, when it had reached a record of 846,240.34 euros (TABLE).
Record spending in Lazio – Lazio is the Italian Region which, in absolute value, holds the record for expenses incurred for fixed telephony: 2,464,450.58 euros in 2021, despite not receiving the worst rating (in fact it obtains the intermediate B).
Immediately after Lazio, among the Regions with the highest amounts of expenditure for this item, exceeding one million euro, are Emilia-Romagna (1,428,698.55) and Campania (1,590,376.50).
They follow, with values between 200 thousand euros and 1 million: Puglia (803,044.88), Abruzzo (690,210.40), Sardinia (608,568.81), Sicily (570,223.87), Umbria (446,956.88), Piedmont (340,661 ,37), Calabria (218,043.94), Veneto (208,013.44).
In Basilicata absolute lowest expenditure – Basilicata is the Italian region that, in absolute values, has the lowest expenditure incurred for fixed telephony: 14,420.11 euros in 2021, a figure that earns it the AAA rating.
Among the Regions that spend the least on this item, always in absolute values, with an amount of less than 100,000 euros, we find: Molise (18,258.33), Liguria (46,364.16), Tuscany (84,070.37).
The following are placed in the lower part of the classification in absolute values, with an amount between 100 thousand and 200 thousand euros: Lombardy (115,478.95), Valle d’Aosta (119,864.85), Trentino Alto Adige (153,717.17), Marche (164,161 ,06), Friuli Venezia Giulia (189,904.72).
18 provincial capitals promoted with AAA – There are 18 Italian provincial capitals ‘promoted’ with triple AAA in the management of expenditure for fixed telephony.
The most ‘virtuous’ for this cost item of the institution, thus obtaining the maximum rating, are Cuneo, which spent only 10,940.91 euros, followed by L’Aquila (15,371.61), Grosseto (16,135.86) , Varese (17,419.43), Teramo (18,769.45), Rovigo (19,315.91), Trento (25,574.03), Arezzo (35,977.41), Pescara (38,671.83), Bolzano (43,971.58), Reggio Emilia (47,643.15), Rimini (48,201.37), Ferrara (51,875.84), Modena (60,147.70), Parma (60,795.15), Trieste (67,476.96), Naples (104,205.31), Milan (302,409.32).
Even larger is the group of cities that are among the most virtuous for this item of expenditure, obtaining the double AA: Livorno, Siena, Asti, Padua, Verona, Forlì, Palermo, Cesena, Crotone, Foggia, Messina, Bergamo, Cagliari, Perugia, Caserta, Como, Savona, Macerata, Terni. But also the group that won the A: Latina, Cremona, Pavia, Udine, Imperia, Matera, Piacenza, Viterbo, Barletta, Isernia, Fermo, Ragusa, Gorizia, Lodi, Novara, Campobasso, Brescia, Bologna, Genoa, Vercelli , Massa, Catania, Taranto, Vibo Valentia, Venice, Lecco.
A 6 capital cities rating C – Rieti, Benevento, Avellino, Frosinone, Enna and Lecce are the six least ‘efficient’ provincial capitals in fixed line telephony expenses. So much so that it deserves the C rating, the lowest in the special classification drawn up for Adnkronos by the Fondazione Gazzetta Amministrativa.
But how much are the expenses incurred for this item in these entities in 2021? Analyzing the ranking, it turns out that Lecce spent 1,067,841.48 euros, followed at a distance by Benevento (349,832.34), Enna (334,721.34), Avellino (330,861.36), Frosinone (300,229.16) and Rieti (254,498.33).
They obtain an intermediate rating in the ranking: Andria, Caltanissetta, Verbania, Belluno, Vicenza, Reggio Calabria, Florence, Urbino, Cosenza, Rome, Ancona, Syracuse, Pordenone, Aosta, Salerno, Catanzaro, which gets the B; Prato, Ascoli Piceno, Pistoia, Trapani, Brindisi, Monza, Mantua, Bari, Chieti, Biella, Trani, Treviso, Turin, with BB; Alessandria, Agrigento, Lucca, Oristano, Potenza, Sondrio, Ravenna, La Spezia, Nuoro, Carbonia, Pesaro, Sassari, Pisa, which receive the BBB.
Telephone spending record in Rome – Rome is the provincial capital which, in absolute values, has the highest spending on fixed telephony, reaching the record figure of 13,130,061.66 euros in 2021, despite not receiving the worst rating (in fact it obtains the intermediate B).
After Rome, among the cities with the highest expenses for this item, exceeding one million euros, follow in the standings, at a distance: Turin with 2,394,896.03, Florence with 1,322,500.56 and Lecce with 1,067,841, 48.
Cuneo city with the lowest telephone costs – Cuneo is the most ‘thrifty’ provincial capital in terms of spending on landline telephony, an item to which it allocated only 10,940.91 euros in 2021.
To keep expenditure low for this item, below 20,000 euros, after Cuneo, we find, in order: L’Aquila (15,371.61), Grosseto (16,135.86), Varese (17,419.43), Teramo ( 18,769.45), Rovigo (19,315.91).