Unjustified Cuts in the Budget for Personal Assistance in Italy

Unjustified Cuts in the Budget for Personal Assistance in Italy

ENIL’s advisory panel member Raffaello Belli recently wrote an article as a reaction to the commonplace excuses of the authority figures in Italy when it comes to lack of funding for personal assistance. ENIL is perseveringly working in the area and next week a report on the situation of the personal assistance in Europe will be published.



A lot of money for personal assistance

by Raffaello Belli

We are said that there is not enough money for independent living. It is a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth.

Here below a list of sources where a lot of money could and should be taken. Some of the items of the list are described in my last book “VIVERE EGUALI”.

All the items here below apply for Italy. Some of the items do not apply in every country. Every country needs to be analyzed and some items deleted, and others added. A separated list for each country would be helpful.

  1. Evasion and tax avoidance. According to the Italian Supreme Court of Auditors it amounts to more than €120 billion a year.
  2. Criminal trials that last for many years fading into nothing. These trials cost a lot of money without any result.
  3. Criminal convictions that are not executed. They cost a lot of money to get to sentencing and it is of no utility.
  4. Corruption, bribes, crime. It costs a lot of money to public finances.
  5. Clientelism. It also costs a lot of money to public finances.
  6. Health services based upon allopathic medicine. Non-conventional medicine often is better than allopathic medicine and it is cheaper. Too many business are linked with allopathic medicine that costs a lot of money.
  7. Cuts in public health services force people to go to private health services. It is proven that this costs much more for people.
  8. Cuts in public social services force people to go to private social services. It is here again proven that this costs much more for people.
  9. Too many public services and public business are given to private business. It means that public finances pay to build the service or the business. Then the private businesses collect profits. In Italian language it is called “public costs and private profits”.
  10. Most of the public services and the public businesses given to private business are given in a situation of oligopoly. It means that public services given away to private business cost people much more then before.
  11. Useless and unhealthy foods. They increase health expenditure and worsen life conditions.
  12. Useless and dangerous goods. These also increase health expenditure and worsen life conditions.
  13. Scarcely durable goods. It increases both personal expenditure and pollution.
  14. Pollution. It increases health expenditure and worsens life conditions.
  15. Failure to protect the environment. Life environment is not protected from floods, hurricane, earthquakes, etc. Reconstruction after disasters costs much more than prevention of them.
  16. Many thermae and sport facilities are not free of charges, they are not included in the National Health Service. It worsens health conditions and it increases health expenditure.
  17. Age retirement is often too early. It often worsens health conditions and health expenditure.
  18. High rate of unemployment. It also worsens health conditions and health expenditure.
  19. Immigration. It would be cheaper to assist the situations in the developing countries. Life conditions would then improve in their native countries.
  20. Selfishness worsens life conditions and increases health expenditure.
  21. Publics goods (state property included) often are sold below cost. It decreases public finances.
  22. Italian Constitution states that Italia repudiates war. Nevertheless a lot of public funds are wasted in the buying of weapons and in funding the army.
  23. In contemporary societies there are many police forces. They cost a lot of money. In societies based on different values this cost would be not necessary.
  24. In Italy there are many useless public bodies. Law states they must be closed, but they survive. They cost a lot of money and it means to waste money.
  25. Italian MPs and MEPs receive a lot of money as salary and refunds. It is also a waste of a lot of money.
  26. European Parliament has two headquarters, one in Strasbourg and one in Brussels. It wastes a lot of money.
  27. In Italy there are several useless public works. Motorways, hospitals, etc. have been built and are not used. This is to waste a lot of money.
  28. Famous soccer players, singers and actors receive a lot of money as earnings. This is a shame and is a waste of money.
  29. Nowadays in the world there are many financial speculations. It makes few people very rich and it is a waste of money.
  30. In recent years the European Central Bank and States spent a lot of money to face banks financial crisis. These costs are estimated between € 800 and € 4,500 million. It is a waste of money.


Raffaello Belli is a member of the ENIL advisory panel since 20th September 2010. He served on the ENIL Board between 8th March 2003 and 20th September 2010. Rafaello introduced Independent Living in Italy. He attended the first ENIL meeting in Strasbourg in 1989. He is a co-founder of both Enil-Italia and CIL in Firenze and served in their boards. He runs a search on law and disability at the Italian National Council for Researches and he wrote some books on this topic. Raffaello sees empowerment and self-determination as essential to life.


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