The child attendance allowance is a financial allowance provided upon claim, aimed at the educational and social integration of disabled children until they reach the age of majority.
This benefit is aimed at minors younger than 18 years who have persistent difficulties in performing tasks and functions considered normal for their age, and at children with hearing loss of more than 60 decibels in their best ear at frequencies of 500, 1,000 and 2,000 hertz, who meet the health and administrative requirements provided for by law.
START DATE AND DURATION
To be entitled to the financial allowance, the citizen must make a claim for recognition of their health conditions, by submitting a claim via the “Civilian invalidity - Send claim for the recognition of health requirements” service.
Once the necessary health and administrative requirements have been confirmed, the financial allowance is paid up to a maximum of 12 months, starting from the first day of the month following the one in which the child began the course or rehabilitation treatment.
WHAT AM I ENTITLED TO?
The benefit is paid for the duration of the allowance period (up to a maximum of 12 monthly payments). For 2021, the allowance is 287,09 euro per month.
The personal annual income limit is 4.931,29 euro.
In order to calculate the income requirement for the first payment, the interested party’s income for the current year is considered on a presumptive basis. For subsequent years, the income received in the calendar year in question is considered for pension calculations, whilst for other types of income, the amounts received in previous years are taken into account.
The pension amount, in certain income conditions, can be increased by a monthly amount provided for law (supplement).
The child attendance allowance is aimed at those who:
- are younger than 18 years old;
- following a medical examination, have had confirmation of being affected by persistent difficulties in carrying out tasks and functions deemed normal for a child or have received confirmation of hearing loss of more than 60 decibels, in their best ear, at the frequencies of 500, 1,000 and 2,000 hertz;
- regularly or periodically attends public or private outpatient services or semi-residential day centres, operating in normal tax regime and specialised in therapeutic treatment, rehabilitation and recovery of disabled people;
- attend state or private schools at any level or grade, starting from nurseries school;
- attend registered private or public training centres or vocational training centres, aimed at their social reintegration;
- find themselves in financial difficulty;
- are Italian citizens;
- are foreign EU citizens listed at the registry office of their municipality of residence;
- are non-EU foreign citizens who hold a residence permit that is valid for one year (article 41, Consolidated Immigration Act);
- have a permanent and regular residence within the national territory.
The child attendance allowance is incompatible with:
- any form of hospitalisation;
- allocated constant attendance allowance or its minor recipients who are classed as civilian invalids and are unable to walk, dependent or completely legally blind;
- the allowance for the partially blind;
- the communication allowance for the pre-lingual deaf.
The applicant can choose the most beneficial allowance.
Each year, the recipients of the monthly child attendance allowance must submit a periodic declaration to the INPS (via their guardian) confirming that the eligibility requirements provided for law are still being met.
WHEN CAN I CLAIM?
To receive the allowance, the child’s disability must be confirmed in advance by means of a medical and legal assessment and the issuance of a health report.
It is therefore necessary to obtain an introductory medical certificate from a GP including the read code which should be entered in the health check claim and submitted to INPS using the “Civilian invalidity - Procedures for confirming health requirements (InvCiv2010)” service.
The confirmation process is complete after INPS has sent out the civilian invalidity report. This is sent either by registered mail with a return receipt or to a certified email (PEC) address (if provided by the applicant) and can be accessed via the on-line postal box service.
Once the report has been received with recognition of the disability, the citizen must submit the AP70 form via the “Civilian invalidity - Send socio-economic and income data for the granting of financial allowances” service.
For sending either the health check claim or the confirmation of socio-economic requirements (AP70 form), the citizen can independently use the on-line services available on the INPS portal through dedicated service. Alternatively, claims can be made using electronic services offered by institutes for advice and social assistance.
Minors in receipt of the child attendance allowance can submit a claim, pursuant to Law 114 of 2014, to be entitled to financial allowances for adults. This claim can be made starting from six months before they reach the age of majority. Submitting a medical certificate is not obligatory.
INPS proceeds with the attestation process, on a provisional basis, for the financial allowances due at the age of 18 years. Eligibility for the allowance can only be confirmed after the successful outcome of the subsequent health checks and once the AP70 model to confirm the socio-economic requirements provided for by law has been submitted.
HOW CAN I CLAIM?
Once the introductory medical certificate and the read code have been obtained, the claim should be made to INPS on-line, using the dedicated service. The website’s secure area can be accessed using the minor's login details.
Alternatively, claims can be made via institutes for advice and social assistance or via Italian institutions for the disabled (ANMIC, ENS, UIC, ANFASS) using their electronic services.
Claim for adult allowances can be submitted to the INPS on-line through dedicated service or via patronage institutes, using their electronic services.
With the exception of claims made by cancer patients, it is not possible to submit a new claim for the same allowance until the current one has been completed, or, in the event of a judicial appeal, until the final judgement has been reached.