Italian MPs received coronavirus relief payments meant for self-employed
Revelation provokes outrage at five deputies whose identities are unknown due to privacy law
A report in the newspaper La Repubblica on Sunday also revealed that 2,000 regional and local politicians applied to receive the bonus, which ranged between €600 (£540) and €1,000, from INPS, Italy’s social security and pensions agency.The revelation has provoked outrage in Italy, with leaders of all parties calling for the identities of the parliamentarians, who are protected by a privacy law, to be made public and for them to resign.
It is suspected that three of the parliamentarians are with the far-right League party, one is with the Five Star Movement (M5S), ruling nationally alongside the Democratic party, and one is a member of Italia Viva, the party set up last year by the former prime minister Matteo Renzi.
The scandal is particularly jarring for ordinary Italians, thousands of whom have not received the payments they are entitled to through the government furlough scheme.Anita Pirovano, a Milan councillor and member of the leftwing Left Ecology Freedom party, on Monday admitted she received the benefit. “I’m a psychologist, I have a mortgage, I do the shopping, I maintain my daughter and occasionally I like to go out and go on holiday. I wouldn’t be able to make a living as a politician.”
Luigi Di Maio, the foreign minister and former M5S leader, said the five deputies, who earn a salary of €13,000 a month as politicians, should come forward and confess.“Italians have the right to know who has betrayed their trust,” he wrote on Facebook. “These people no longer have the right to hold public office. They have gone against the country during the most difficult period. They have soiled Italy’s name around the world … They cannot and must not get away with it.”
Roberto Fico, a fellow M5S member and the lower house speaker, called on the deputies to return the money. “Because as representatives of the people we have moral as well as legal obligations,” he added.Matteo Salvini, who leads the League, said: “That a parliamentarian can ask for €600 destined for the self-employed is shameful.” Salvini then went on to blame government regulations for allowing it to happen.
Nicola Zingaretti, the leader of the Democratic party, described the deputies as “shameful” while Teresa Bellanova, the agriculture minister and Italia Viva member, called on them to resign regardless of “who they are or which party they belong to”.Italians took to social media to share their indignation, branding the deputies as “crafty” and accompanying posts with the hashtag #fuoriinomi (out with their names).
The bonus scheme was intended to support people with a partita IVA, or VAT number, which includes the self-employed and other categories of workers who work independently, including freelance journalists.The deputies were able to claim the benefit because they too have VAT numbers, so technically they have not done anything illegal.
The claims were uncovered by INPS’s anti-fraud unit. Read more: The Guardian »
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This is why some at EURO meeting were apprehensive about relief package ; Corruption in countries like Italy ! Why am I not surprised. Given the expenses opportunities of our own MPs, other countries are going to be equally open to abuses. Corona came to expose politicians from all over the world... Oh mean almost each country has some sort of scandal related to COVID
They're just as corrupt as we are here. Sad. That’s sad let’s hope these politicians return these payments Corruption a la Trump administration. The more southern you go in Europe, the more corrupt it seems. Probably why they suffer the most after a credit crunch or pandemic. I suppose working for the Italian Government is a bit like being self employed in the corruption sense of the term.
Politicians skimming from their voters? Shocking.
Letters: Health workers should be paid more than MPs, ministers and lords combinedPlease send your letters to lettersindependent.co.uk Talk About tone deaf & Insensitive! - Millions unemployed, Thousands of businesses Bankrupt, & thousands of people unable to bury their loved ones, all protecting the NHS. - Fuck everyone else we want a pay rise. No. MP salaries need to be reduced and the money put into the NHS. Nice idea but there are a lot of health workers. Pay rises therefore cost a lot. Our MPs are of very low quality but there are only 650 of them. Cutting their salaries might reduce the quality even further.
The House of Lords is absurd because it suits MPs to keep it that wayBoris Johnson’s shameless honours list is just a particularly blatant demonstration of parliament’s scorn for democratic legitimacy BillClintonIsAPedo because it suit the media that way 🤷🏼♂️ It is high time that this load of unelected bunch of men and women in what is called the House of Lords was scrapped. It serves no purpose in modern day society. If a government is elected that I don't like at least it is because of a vote. House of Lords running cost per year. No. Of Lords 830 x £300 daily rate =£250000 x No. of sitting days 4= £1m x No. weeks 37 =£37m+ (lasts years )expenses£3.6m =£40.6 million. One Lord never spoke in the house claimed over £40000. in expenses.Universal Credit £342.72per month.
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'It will break my heart to have to walk away'Why has the number of self-employed people started to fall? Heartbreaking indeed. Every chance I get, I do business with small business. I make a point of eating out twice a week (though I'm budgeting too), but always at the local 'Mom and Pop' restaurants. I figure if 'the locals stay loyal' they'll come out ok. So sad to read this. Because Landlords do not give a f*k. They would as soon see you go under & have someone else jump into your space than lose their precious rent. You could be their best tenant but 'Got no customers due to lockdown? Not my problem, pay up.' F*k landlords. Ask scientists & Medical Experts to for solutions outside their field of expertise! - RESULT: A Sterile, & socially unworkable Society! Millions lose jobs, expenditure Soars! - Pressure cooker is primed and ready to blow! The Media is the VIRUS