On 27 November 2017, the Senate Budget Commission has unanimously approved an amendment that establishes the "Fund to support the caring role of informal carers" at the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies.
The Eurocarers member – Anziani e non solo società cooperativa- has been working for ten years on the issue of the rights of family members who care for someone who has a long-term care need.
The starting point of this commitment was an action of active citizenship that led to the approval of the Law of the Emilia Romagna Region N.2 / 14 which recognizes the role of the informal care as a core component of people-centred care and as a key resource in the integration of social and health services.
Federico Boccaletti, President of Anziani e non solo società cooperativa, commented:
"The contents of this Amendment are in full harmony with the broad definition of family caregivers expressed in project of law presented by the Senator Angioni and the Deputy Patriarca. Now it is time to go further in this bottom up process, by supporting initiatives and projects that- strating from the territories- can direct future legislative actions, with the aim to fill the open spaces within the framework of the Fund approved today. ". The Press Release of Anziani e non solo is available here (in Italian).
As underlined by the Association Carer in their press release (available here in Italian), the institution of the Fund and the definition of carer included in it represents a total innovation in the Italian legal framework. They also show that the political system has finally understood the importance of the role played by carers in our societies.
Eurocarers – in a press release published on 18 October- had encouraged Italian policy makers to consider a broad definition of informal care: “a carer is a person who provides unpaid care to someone with a chronic illness, disability or other long-lasting health or care need, outside a professional or formal framework”. Indeed, we pointed out that, given the numerous challenges posed by demographic ageing in all EU member states, limiting the definition of informal care to the specific context of a severe illness or disability would mean leaving behind a great number of people who provide daily care to people suffering from age related or chronic diseases.
Eurocarers welcomes the establishment of the Fund and the definition of carer included in it. It is a very important result for the over 3 million carers in Italy and for society as a whole!