Poor Italy: in our country it happens that among the migrants there are those who don’t like the shelters due to a lack of a cell phone (it happened in Boveglio, a small hill town in the province of Lucca, as reported yesterday on The Time ) or unwelcome meals while Italian children who live without TV or heating are 1 in 4. This is not from statistics provided by the League of Matteo Salvini or Brothers of Italy Giorgia Meloni, but UNICEF and Istat.
In Italy more than a quarter of the children, 27%, live in homes without central heating, color TV, washing machines, and even without a protein meal a day. The child poverty rate has reached 17.7%. This is the picture that emerges from ” Innocenti Report Card 13 – for children Fairness “(released in recent days, and relative to 2013), the ranking UNICEF of inequality in child well-being in the 41 countries ‘rich’, are compulsory quotation marks – the European Union and OECD, ranking where Italy ranks, for all variables related to poverty, to 32nd place out of 35 countries.
Data, whose bleak picture is confirmed by the figures provided yesterday by Istat that the Italian deprivation affects 11.5% of households, with 1.34 million children in ‘severe deprivation’. The provisional figures for 2015 were presented by the President of Istat, George Breed, a hearing in the House and Senate Budget committees, gathered to examine the Def, the economic document. And financial. According to ISTAT, the 2015 provisional data show that “the persistent component of the phenomenon remains basically stable” compared to 2014. Almost two out of three of those in conditions of deprivation in 2015 same as 2014.
The index is stable in all population subgroups. Confirmed high numbers of economic hardship for families resident in the South, where the proportion of the severely deprived is more than three times higher than in the north of the country; for single-parent families with minor children (21.3%); between members of families headed by a person seeking employment (31.3%), in other non-professional status (excluding retired from work) or part-time jobs (21.7% and 16.1% respectively ). Children who are in severe deprivation represent 13% of the population under 18 years. This share, which before the crisis stood at 8% next level and has attained the peak of 16.8% in 2012, is still around 13% for three years. The national figure for 2015 is the result of several territorial trends: improving the situation of the South (from 24.2% in 2014 to 20.8% in 2015), but remained at considerably higher levels, while it decreases that of the Centre ( from 6.8% to 9.9%). But what it means, we will ask our readers, the term deprivation? To define it as objective as possible is the Unicef in his aforementioned report, which states: “It is believed that children are subject to material deprivation when the family can not afford three or more of the nine items considered necessary for a life dignified: 1) to support unexpected expenses; 2) make an annual one-week vacation away from home; 3) prevent arrears in the payment of rent, mortgage and utilities; 4) a meal containing meat or protein every two days; 5) keep the home adequately heated; 6) have a washing machine; 7) have a color television; 8) own a cell; 9) own personal car. “
A bleak picture of which Italian politics, government and opposition, should be in charge. Maybe studying before the numbers. Also because in the UNICEF report there is another fact that is bothersome. In particular – the text reads – in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Portugal, the income gaps before and after social benefits are very similar. These are countries that have some of the highest rates of inequality in the lower range. ” Translated, even our welfare now does nothing to alleviate the poverty of children and their families in a state of deprivation. Knock, knock, Parliament.