Among the measures implemented by the government to deal with the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, there is also the housewives bonus. This is a fund introduced in 2020 with the August decree by the executive of Giuseppe Conte which provides for the allocation of about 3 billion euros to promote the training and integration of unemployed women into the world of work. A provision that, as the Minister for Equal Opportunities Elena Bonetti underlines, intends to give importance to inclusive and professional qualification policies.
An important signal, given the alarming data on female employment during the pandemic released by Istat, which show how women are more often employed in precarious jobs and that it persists “a strong female disadvantage in technical-scientific degrees“(Courses that are generally characterized by greater employability).
In Italy there are about 7 million housewives who take care of the home and family full-time, of which over half are in the South. Cristina Freguja “In 2019, even before the crisis hit us, the employment rate of childless women aged 25 to 49 was 71.9%. This value dropped to 53.4% in the presence of a preschool child and reached 34.1% among southern women“.
The bonus will therefore seek to guarantee greater employment opportunities through a credit to attend free training courses useful for accessing the world of work. But what are the requirements to get it? IS who can apply?
Let’s see specifically how it works and to whom it is addressed.
Home bonus 2021: how it works
Unlike other government-approved grants to address the economic crisis of families and workers during the pandemic, the housewife bonus will not be paid out in the form of spendable cash.
In other words, no money will be paid into taxpayers’ coffers: it is in fact a fund that can be accessed under specific conditions, which will provide a credit that people will be able to spend only in training courses o cultural and business events / services. The aim, therefore, is to facilitate access to updating, so as to acquire skills and knowledge that can then be spent in the workplace.
Who is entitled to the housewives bonus
According to the decree of 14 August 2020, the “Fund for the personal training of housewives” is aimed at those who carry out activities in the domestic environment, without bond of subordination and free of charge, but aimed at caring for people and the family environment. The bonus is therefore up to all unemployed women, without limits related to the ISEE, in possession of Italian citizenship or a regular residence permit.
Not only that: men who are in a similar position and meet the requirements listed above can also access the bonus.
How to apply for the 2021 housewives bonus
At the moment, the way in which you can apply for the housewives bonus has not yet been made official. The methods and timing of implementation, in fact, will be indicated in a specific implementing decree in the process of being approved which will be issued by the Ministry for Equal Opportunities and the Family. In all likelihood, INPS will be entrusted with the task of managing requests.