Yesterday, the Maltese Prime Minister in a press-conference unveiled a revised financial aid package for businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis. Dr Robert Abela announced that this financial aid package reflected the requests put forward by the social partners and in fact the latest financial aid package was agreed upon between the Government and the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development.
The Prime Minister announced that the revised measures will be administered by the Malta Enterprise in conjunction with the Department of Social Security.
Those measures which will be administered by the Department of Social Security shall include:
– Parents who are both employed in the private sector and who have decided that one of them will stay at home to look after their children, will receive a payment of €800 monthly;
– Persons with special needs who are employed in the private sector and are registered with JobsPlus and opted to stay at home during the outbreak due to their vulnerability, will benefit from €800 monthly;
– Ex-employees in the private sector whose employment has been terminated from March 9, 2020 onwards due to the COVID-19 virus will receive €800 monthly.
These measures shall be applicable to employees as well as to self-employed. Eligible persons may apply through an online application found on the Department of Social Security website or from the servizz.gov website.
The following measures shall be administered by Malta Enterprise:
– Every worker who works in one of the industries that have been mostly affected by the pandemic, including the retail, the leasing of motor vehicles sector as well as to those business related to the tourist industry shall receive €800 monthly. This scheme shall also apply those businesses who had to temporarily close due to any order issued by the Superintendent of Public Health and/or the Maltese Government. A full list of those sectors that will benefit from the full five-day week government wage payment at €800 per month per employee is accessible here.
– For other employees working in other sectors who have been affected but are not on the same level of the other sectors, such as the manufacturing and the wholesale sectors, the government will be paying €160 per employee; one day of work based on a salary of €800 per month. A full list of those sectors falling with such list is accessible here.
Gozitan workers are eligible to both schemes, however for those employees working within those sectors listed under Annex B – the benefit shall reflect two days of work based on a salary of €800 per month.
Those who are self-employed and who employ workers with them will be eligible to pay covering three days.
Eligible persons for these schemes may apply through an online application found on the Malta Enterprise website.
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