Eventually, the mountain gave birth to the little mouse. At least for the majority of Italian users. Last Thursday, the Council of Ministers met to try to address the thorny issue of maxi-price increases for electricity and gas bills. The Minister of Ecological Transition, Roberto Cingolani, estimated them at 40%. 3 billion euros available. In essence, the Draghi government has decided to deactivate the increases for the more than 3 million people who already benefit from the energy bonus. These are families with Isee up to € 8,625 or with Isee up to € 20,000 and with at least 4 children, income earners or citizenship pension or, finally, in serious health conditions.
Furthermore, the rates on general system charges will be eliminated for 6 million very small and small businesses, as well as for 26 million domestic users up to 16.5 kw. As for gas, the 2.5 million users who already benefit from the gas social bonus will not be substantially affected by the increases, while for all the others the VAT will be lowered to 5% from the current 10% or 22%, depending on consumption ( under / above 480 cubic meters per year).
Electricity and gas bills rise only for the middle class
In detail, the interventions relating to the electricity and gas bonuses will cost 450 million, while the cut in system charges 1.2 billion, to which the government adds another 800 million. The hypothesis of lowering or eliminating VAT on all electricity and gas bills has not found acceptance in the government. It would have been an expensive solution and probably also rejected by the European Union. The fact is that for the umpteenth time Italians are divided into two macro-categories: the recipients of subsidies, who will continue to benefit from further economic advantages, and the rest of the population.
Families with income from work, often barely enough to support themselves, do not find attentive ears among politicians. In Italy, working has become a problem. As reasonable and understandable as it is to help the weaker sections of the population, it no longer seems acceptable to pass the costs on to those who run the economy and allow the state to distribute wealth. With this last move, the government “of the best” has almost remarked that the increases in electricity and gas bills are entirely acceptable for employees and self-employed workers, not for the recipients of subsidies. In short, the expendable are and remain the usual suspects. The middle class has definitely become a cash cow for reasons of petty patronage.