Prime Minister Robert Abela announced an increase in children’s allowance and in stipends during his massive crowd address in Birgu on the eve of Freedom Day.
After walking down a red carpet towards a podium with his wife Lydia Abela, the Prime Minister spoke about how the increase will specifically benefit students choosing to study sectors required by the Maltese economy.
Despite not giving details as to the increase, Abela said that he looks forward to a future economy based on diversification whilst promoting the prospect of seeing more women choosing jobs in fields such as technology, science and mathematics.
Apart from this, the Prime Minister said further strengthening will be aimed at equality laws as new tax credits will soon be implemented to help people with disabilities.
The speech comes after a recent Times of Malta poll showed that Labour’s popularity dropped to its lowest in years, with the Prime Minister’s own trust rating also plummeting.
This was picked up by civil society movement Repubblika, which issued a statement calling out the Prime Minister to ‘not use children’s allowance to cover government corruption.’
‘We expect the Prime Minister to respect the Maltese people and to stop treating us like children by shutting our eyes and mouths with money which we work for ourselves’ the group said.
The group highlighted the recent Vitals-Steward hospitals scandal and the recent Rosianne Cutajar and Yorgen Fenech WhatsApp chat leaks as matters which the government intends to cover with this ‘insulting’ move.