Single allowance, 16 billion spent on children in one year

First budget twelve months after the entry into force of the measure which replaced the discounts envisaged in the past. It goes to those who have children up to the age of 21, not only in families with employees, but also in VAT numbers, the unemployed and recipients of the Citizenship Income. The check has increased slightly since January to take into account inflation: on average it is 165 euros per month

The main objective was to give a boost to births in our country. But it is still too early to understand whether the single universal check is helping to achieve this goal. In 2022 the number of newborns fell to historic lows – never so few since the unification of Italy – but it must be said that the new tool to support those with dependent children up to 21 years of age only made its debut in March of the last year.

Allowance for almost 10 million children

With the data for the first twelve months available, an initial assessment can still be made. The State, INPS tells us, has spent almost 16 billion for a total of 9.7 million children, less than the approximately 19 a year allocated when this system was launched.

Who can ask for the check

The measure, it should be remembered, has replaced the discounts for the children of employees and other bonuses (such as that for babies), but not those that may provide for Municipalities and Regions; moreover now also the VAT numbers, the unemployed and those who take the Citizenship Income benefit from it.

From 2023 higher contribution

The payments of the pension institution averaged 1.2 billion a month in 2022, to go to 1.4 billion since the beginning of this year due to the increase in the allowance, which has been adjusted to the inflation (8.1 percent) and raised by the current government for those with small children.

On average 165 euros per month

The amount that each family receives varies greatly because many factors come into play. We look at income and how many people live under the same roof, so compared to an average amount in February of 165 euros (from 146 in 2022) it can exceed 1,800 when there are at least six children.

Higher amounts in the South

The minimum is just under 55 euros for those who do not present the ISEE (which also takes into account houses and savings) or exceed the maximum threshold (over 43 thousand euros). About half of the checks concerned the most disadvantaged households and, at a geographical level, larger amounts are recorded in the South.