This file photo taken on Feb. 2, 2016 shows a general view of the Italian Senate in Rome. / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
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It has put aside 1.6 billion euros for 2017 and promises more funding in the years ahead.Those living in "absolute poverty" rose to 4.6 million people, or 7.6 percent of the population, in 2015, up from 6.8 percent in 2014, national statistics office ISTAT says.ISTAT says less than 1 percent of welfare spending goes on tackling poverty and social exclusion. Various unemployment benefit programs do not run beyond two years, leaving many of Italy's army of jobless struggling to make ends meet.The M5S, which heads opinion polls, promises the most comprehensive welfare assistance of any major party, with a pledge to top up a single person's income to 780 euros a month, while a family of four would be guaranteed at least 1,482 euros.One hundred unemployed residents received 500 euros a month for six months in a scheme which will be repeated this April.
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