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Republic of Malta

Weekly Social Protection Links: 8 May 2020

Supporting thegovernment’s new rescue package, Malta businesses have agreed to pay a minimum of €400 per month payment for each employee, guaranteeing Malta’s workforce a wage of €1,200 during the crisis.

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Malta has the second-lowest expenditure on social protection among European member states, a Eurostat survey on EU government spending has found. Social protection spending covers government expenditure on sickness and disability, old age, survivors, family and children, unemployment, housing and social exclusion.

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Over three-quarters of the €1.7 billion budget for social protection in 2016 was spent on old age and health benefits, according to a comprehensive publication released on Wednesday by the National Statistics Office.

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Means testing is to be scrapped when calculating rent subsidies first introduced last year, with the government seeking ways to help lower-middle-income earners struggling in a booming rental market. Central to the new measures is a mandatory requirement for all rental contracts to be registered with the Housing Authority as from next year. The requirement, which features prominently in a white paper currently being debated by stakeholders, is considered non-negotiable by the government. 

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A €17.2 million increase was recorded in the social security benefits outlay between January and June compared to the same six-month period in 2017, according to the National Statistics Office.

The NSO said social security benefits expenditure reached €497 million during the first half of 2018, reflecting a 3.6% increase from 2017.

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The 2018 edition of the triennial Pension Adequacy Report analyses how current and future pensions help prevent old-age poverty and maintain the income of men and women for the duration of their retirement. Volume II provides a more detailed description of the pension system and pension adequacy in each of the 28 Member States.

 

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The 2018 edition of the triennial Pension Adequacy Report analyses how current and future pensions help prevent old-age poverty and maintain the income of men and women for the duration of their retirement. Volume I is devoted to comparative analysis of pension adequacy in the EU- 28. It examines the current living standards of older people and how they are shaped by pension systems, proceeds with an overview of recent pension reforms and concludes by analysing the main challenges to the adequacy of future pensions and ways of tackling them.

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Social assistance benefits are received by over 3,000 people who are separated whilst 223 of those separated receive unemployment assistance. On the other hand, approximately 2,500 single mothers are provided with social welfare.

This information was tabled during parliament on Monday evening following a parliamentary question put to Michael Falzon, Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity by PL MP Etienne Grech.

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Objective

This training will focus on different financial instruments intended for persons with disabilities, their implementation and monitoring in line with the UNCRPD. 
 

Key topics

  • EU financial instruments
  • EU funds
  • State aid
  • Accessible public procurement
  • Disability assessment
  • Solutions to barriers in accessibility

Who should attend?

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