In a press conference addressed earlier today by Prime Minister Robert Abela, it was announced that every single worker and student in Malta will receive a €100 cheque while pensioners and individuals on social benefits will receive €200. The PM highlighted that this incentive follows the two instances of government vouchers during the pandemic to help particular sectors.
This distribution of cash is an attempt to generate economic activity and is over and above the tax refund scheme which will be extended next year. A total of €70 million in cheques are expected to be distributed, with Abela stating that the government will be “your shield against the pandemic.”
The Prime Minister went on to state that his government will be one which incentivises people and not punishes them.
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