Price increases, that’s who gets the bonus of 200 euros

The one-off contribution for workers and retirees with medium and low incomes will arrive between June and July. This is one of the main aids to counter the increase in prices decided by the government with the Aid decree

The company will take care of putting the 200 euro bonus for employees in paychecks, which should arrive at the end of June. Retirees, on the other hand, will have to wait until early July, with the check drawn from the INPS – as usual – at the beginning of each month. Still to be decided how this contribution to counter the high cost of life, and given only once, will be given to the self-employed, that is, those who are on their own like VAT numbers.

Aid for 28 million Italians

To be entitled to the bonus, you must have a gross annual income that does not exceed 35 thousand euros, that is, a net salary that, at most, is about 1,800 euros per month. The Italians with medium-low earnings will therefore benefit: 28 million, according to the government, for a measure that will cost six and a half billion and financed by taxing the energy companies that have made extra profits thanks to the rush of raw materials.

The price rush

Inflation, which eats up purchasing power and makes it possible to buy fewer things with the same money, is at its highest in thirty years: it travels above 6 percent due to the jump in energy prices , aggravated by the war in Ukraine. The 200 euros, which will not go to those who take the citizenship income, are few in the face of the impact of the increases: for a family with two children – consumers calculate – the additional outlay of inflation at the end of the year will exceed 2 thousand euros , which cannot be covered by the bonus even if two people work under the same roof, thus being entitled to 400 euros.

Sufficient support?

It must be said that Palazzo Chigi has launched other aids, such as the discount on fuel and the discount on bills for those in greater difficulty. It should be remembered, then, that with the last maneuver a cut was made in income taxes (i.e. Irpef), in wage contributions (the tax wedge) paid by those who receive up to 35 thousand euros a year (but only for 2022), in addition to child benefits and the revaluation (1.7%) of pensions. Interventions that, hopefully, will be able to cushion the price increases for those who are doing worse.