Asbestos is a fibrous material that can be harmful to human health

Oristano mayor calls for expansion of the Superbonus 110% in Italy

Oristano mayor calls for expansion of the Superbonus 110% in Italy

In his view, the tax deduction should also apply to asbestos removal from buildings

On 28 April, the mayor of the Sardinian town of Oristano, Andrea Lutzu, sent an open letter to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi in which he called for enlarging the scope of the government tax deduction programme Superbonus 110%. The mayor was adamant that the incentive programme should add the removal of asbestos from private buildings, in addition to the deductions already offered for the requalification of housing infrastructure to make it more energy-efficient and more resistant to earthquakes.

The Superbonus subsidy is composed of Ecobonus and Sismabonus

Last year, the Italian government adopted legislation that set the standards for the subsidy in question allowing for private persons, cooperatives and condominiums to claim a tax deduction rate of 110% on expenses incurred in the period from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2022. These expenses should be the result of interventions in the field of energy efficiency, anti-seismic interventions, installation of systems photovoltaic or infrastructure for charging electric vehicles in buildings.

The subsidy package is not aimed at businesses. However, the aid is also aimed at helping out the construction and maintenance industry, as well as the financial credit sector, since the businesses will get a secure payment and the banks - a 10% margin spread over five years.

On the occasion of the World Day of the victims of asbestos, Mayor Lutzu addressed the national government: “Asbestos, as it is known, remains the cause of the greatest morbidity and mortality for workers, while the number of unarmed and unaware citizens that due to transmission (family or environmental) are affected by the pathologies caused by it. For the next thirty, forty years and beyond, we will continue to have an inexorable number of innocent victims”.

And the only way to stop this was for the Government to act decisively by committing resources and expanding the scope of the Ecobonus package to include the removal of the harmful fibre material used in the past for insulation. Furthermore, he called for setting aside more funding for research on the treatment of asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, and for the provision of better social welfare to victims of asbestos.



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