Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
ROME

Pensioners in rural Italy among country's poorest

English
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Rome, April 17 - Pensioners living in rural Italy
are among the worst hit of the millions of retired citizens
living in poverty, the national association of retirees said
Wednesday.
As many as seven in 10 retired people in rural areas live
below the poverty line, reported the National Association of
Retirees (ANP) and Italian Farmers Confederation (CIA).
The groups were reacting to statistics released earlier in
the day that showed nearly half of Italy's 7.4 million
pensioners received monthly benefits of less than 1,000 euros.
The statistics agency Istat also said that about 44% of the
country's retirees make do with less than 1,000 euros per month,
while 2.2 million of those pensioners (13.3%) receive benefits
below 500 euros.
Most in that poorest group live in rural areas, where they
have been hit hard by higher taxes, cuts to pensions, and
reductions to healthcare spending, said the ANP-CIA.
That threatens the dignity of Italian pensioners, said Gigi
Bonfanti, past secretary-general of labour union CISL.
"Millions of people every day must deal with the risk of
finding themselves out on the streets at any moment," said
Bonfanti.
"It is unacceptable that a pensioner cannot live in dignity
and may even be forced to cut spending on basic goods".

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