Single and universal check 2022

Last week the Council of Ministers has approved the legislative decree implementing of the only check for children. Now the provision will be subjected to scrutiny by the competent committees of the Chambers to receive definitive approval. For this measure they will be allocated up to 15 billions in 2022, that will rise progressively to 19 billions in 2029.

Let’s find out what it is, who it is for and how to request it.

What is the single check

The single and universal allowance is an economic support recognized to families for each child up to the age of 21.

It is defined as “single” because it unifies and replaces a series of measures in support of families and “universal” as it is attributed to all families with dependent children resident and domiciled in Italy.

The amount will vary according to the family’s ISEE, the number of dependent children and their age. 

For each minor child there is an amount equal to 175 euros per month. This amount is fully due in the event of an ISEE equal to or less than 15,000 euros. For higher ISEE levels, it gradually decreases until it reaches a value of 50 euros, recognized for families with ISEE equal to or greater than 40,000 per year. In the event in which the both parents are titular of a job salary, a bonus is provided for each child under 18. The bonus would be of 30 euros per month.  The Minister of Family Elena Bonetti pushed to obtain the increase with the intention of promoting female work.

Families with disabled children will receive the subsidy regardless of the age of the children. The amount of the allowance will change based on the family’s ISEE, the age of the children and the degree of disability of the latter.

The requirements for obtaining the check

The grant is recognized on condition that at the time of submitting the application and for the entire duration of the benefit, the applicant jointly possesses the following requirements:

1.         He/she is an Italian citizen or a member state of the European Union, or a family member of someone who holds the right of residence or the right of permanent residence. He/she is a non-EU citizen in possession of an EU residence permit for long-term residents or a holder of single work permit authorized to carry out a work activity for a period exceeding six months. He/she holds a residence permit for research reasons authorized to reside in Italy for a period exceeding six months; 

2.         Is subject to the payment of income tax in Italy;

3.         He/she is resident and domiciled in Italy;

4.         He/ she is or he has been resident in Italy for at least two years, even if not continued. He/she is titular of a working permanent or determined contract of at least semiannual duration.

The single allowance will therefore also be paid to non-EU citizens as long as they meet the requirements listed above.

How to submit the application

The new measure will be operational from March 2022 but applications can be submitted from January 1, for a period that will run from March to February of the following year.

Applications for the universal single allowance can be sent electronically to INPS or to the patronage institutes, according to the methods indicated by the INPS on the institutional website within 20 days of the publication of the decree.