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BUDGET 2020: There are 23 new measures in the social sector – Minister Michael Falzon

The Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity, Michael Falzon, said that in the Budget covering next year the Government will implement 23 new measures in the social sector which will benefit hard-working families but will also continue to benefit pensioners and persons with disabilities.

In the series of media conferences addressed by Ministers covering the Budget based on the theme of Malta continuing to grow together, Minister Falzon said the 23 measures will help strengthen the quality of life for Maltese and Gozitans.

Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Agius Decelis explained the allowance increase for disabled persons will be equivalent to the minimum wage and will provide them with dignity. He said parents of children with severe disabilities or rare diseases will be credited with eight years of NI stamps. He also said training is to be provided to those working in the sector that supports persons with disabilities to help them increase their skills to a higher level.

PS Agius Decelis said the expenditure in the elderly persons sector is to increase by a further €24 million while that for the disabled has increased by a further €6 million. The Budget for the Social Solidarity Ministry is the largest one and well exceeds €1,000 million.