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Persons At Risk Of Falling Into Poverty In Malta Decreases

Persons At Risk Of Falling Into Poverty In Malta Decreases
Jun 13 2024 Share

A recent survey by the National Statistics Office (NSO) reveals that 88,462 individuals in Malta lived below the at-risk-of-poverty line of €11,364 in 2023, translating to a 16.6% at-risk-of-poverty (ARP) rate, a slight decrease from the previous year.

The European Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) survey, which annually assesses private households in Malta and Gozo, provided this data.

The ARP rate for children under 18 increased by 2.7 percentage points to 22%, while it slightly decreased to 12.1 % for adults aged 18-64 and to 29% for seniors aged 65 and over. The average gross household income for 2022 was estimated at €46,976, with the average disposable income at €37,275.

In 2023, the severe material and social deprivation (SMSD) rate among households was 4.1%, a decrease from the previous year’s 4.9%. Major deprivation factors included the inability to afford a week’s annual holiday (30%) and unexpected financial expenses (15.9%).

The AROPE rate, encompassing those at risk of poverty, severely deprived, or in low work intensity households, dropped to 19.8%.

Despite improvements, significant challenges remain, especially for households struggling with basic needs such as meals and unexpected expenses.

Respondents at risk of poverty or social exclusion reported lower satisfaction with life, financial situation, job, and personal relationships compared to those not at risk. However, slight increases in satisfaction scores were noted from 2022 to 2023.

Employment income constituted 85.1% of total gross household income, with social benefits at 12.5%.

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Source: NSO

Mellieħa’s Kingmaker Had Wedding Blessed By Pope In 2022

Mellieħa's Kingmaker Had Wedding Blessed By Pope In 2022
Jun 13 2024 Share

Matthew Borg Cuschieri, the independent candidate elected for Mellieħa’s Local council – placing him in the position of kingmaker – was the same person whose marriage was blessed by Pope Francis back in 2022.

Pope Francis was passing by in his motorcade in Mellieħa on his way back from Gozo as Matthew and his now wife Danielle tied the knot.

The Pope asked the car-cade to stop after spotting the newly weds, taking Matthew’s hand to share a quick word before driving off as the crowd cheered on.

Wedding videographers Ernest Vella and Zepp Gauci had captured the moment.

The Mellieħa local council elected 4 PL candidates – John Buttigieg, Rebecca Bartolo Cutajar, Kurt Buttigieg and Jude Cauchi – and 4 PN candidates – Gabriel Micallef (with most votes), Corinne Castillo, Emvin Bartolo and Loridana Darmanin.

The ninth place was given to Matthew, who will now decide who gets elected mayor in the first local council meeting.

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Daughter Shares Proud Moment Of Mother’s Election

Daughter Shares Proud Moment Of Mother's Election
Jun 13 2024 Share

Loridana Darmanin was elected in the Mellieħa local council, and this prompted a wholesome reaction by her daughter Rebecca who embraced her mum and cried in joy with her.

Her daughter Rebecca took to social media to share the news and the moment she hugged her mum for her achievement, being moved to tears.

 

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‘Mument ta’ bint kburija! Il-kunsilliera l-ġdida fil-Mellieħa’, wrote Rebecca.

The result in Mellieħa still awaits the election of a mayor as the locality elected 4 PL candidates, 4 PN candidates and an independent candidate.

The mayor will be decided in the first meeting of the local council and thus there are no indications of who the mayor will be. The vote may depend on the independent candidate, who will vote for a candidate of either party.

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The New Love Island Malta Couples

The New Love Island Malta Couples
Jun 13 2024 Share

Here’s your most recent update of the current Love Island Malta couples, following the entry of four new female bombshells after a Case Amor interlude.

This re-coupling saw the elimination of Noemi, Leah and Jade as there was only space for 7 couples.

The episode saw the reunion of Edward and Kyannah as well as that of Kyonne and Ylenia.

 

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Despite some drama, Matthias and Henrika stuck together, with Love Island season 1 contestant bombshell Marie Christine coupling up with Josh.

Sven kept Racquel in the villa, with the last two couples being Clinton and Tamika and Selwyn and Miriam.

What do you think?

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