PN slams government cheques; 67c a week for increasing bread, milk, fuel prices

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Partit Nazzjonalista slammed the government “additional bonus” cheques highlighting that families got 67c a week for increasing bread, milk and fuel prices, in a statement on Tuesday. The Opposition pointed out that rent prices and utility bills have also increased.

The cheques – for 15 euros for single families and 35 euros for other families – were a one-time grant by the government to make up for the rise in the price of milk and bread. The cheques were sent out between 14 and 17 February.

The government is taking the public for a ride, Partit Nazzjonalista claimed. The Opposition lambasted the move in their statement and contrasted the additional bonus to the thousands of euros earned by those close to the government.

A branch within the party, Solidarjetà Ħaddiema Partit Nazzjonalista (SĦPN) said that the Labour-led government found €200 million to fund the public-private-partnership with an unknown company in the health care sector, Vitals, which was then taken over by Steward Health Care. “This money could have gone to Maltese and Gozitan families,” the Nationalist branch said.

In a separate statement the Opposition spokesperson for Health, Stephen Spiteri, said that with every day that goes by, the Maltese taxpayers are paying Vitals’ debts. The spokesperson demanded for the contract to be annulled at once. Spiteri said that while Prime Minister Robert Abela announced that the contract was under review by a board he himself appointed, the Opposition already made its position clear that it was in disagreement with the appointments made to the board which is reviewing the contract.