On the occasion of the National Family Day 2016, representatives of the Families Forum were interviewed with Minister Costa and presented a study carried out by prof. Federico Perali for a fiendly Family Welfare.
Given the scarcity of financial resources they can depend on, Local governments throughout Italy are increasingly asked to provide public services, paying attention to a careful use of public money.
This requires that access to social goods and services is given only to those who are in a state of actual need.
In Italy, eligibility to welfare programs is recognized through the "verification" effective means of each family's livelihood as can be deduced from the calculation of the Indicator Socio-Economic Equivalent (ISEE). This is a cost-of-living index and well-being of the family that takes into account differences in the composition of households.
The allocation of aid to families and access to public goods and services such as crèches, checks for the family with three minor children, maternity grant, canteens and school performance (books, bags), facilities for tuition fees, the performance of the right to education, access to student loans, health and social home services and lease contributions, is now perceived as very unfair as they are many cases where you make both the failure to exclude from aid persons that should be included is to include individuals who should be excluded. And very often citizens want local governments to carry out verifications to implement a strict control over the users of such services.
The tool Family Factor provides:
1) the ad hoc use of equivalence scales can, for example, to differentiate between adults and children, and to consider the presence in a family of disabled people, or under 26 dependents, and other features that allow a precise identification of the payee,
2) the income available use of the family,
3) the introduction of tax avoidance control measures.
Our Goals are:
1. to improve the efficiency of local government in identifying those who actually deserve to participate in welfare programs;
2. to make the pricing of public utilities, such as electricity tariff, water and waste, more adequate in relation to large families of those young people and those actually in need;
3. to foster the adoption and easy to use by local governments:
- of new decision support tools for the delivery of aid;
- tariff plans for public services better suited to the characteristics of households;
- greater equity in service provision and improved efficiency and savings in the use of public resources.