The government has tapped into funds raised through the controversial Individual Investor Programme – which is to be scrapped in September in favour of a residency scheme – to purchase 64 wheelchairs and 7 motor mattresses for residents at St Vincent de Paul and those residences which fall under the responsibility of Aġenzija Sapport.
The equipment was acquired through €20,000 in IIP funding on the initiative of the Parliamentary Secretariat for Citizenship and Communities.
Parliamentary Secretary Alex Muscat sought to emphasise that the revenue brought about through the IIP scheme, which provides a quick path to Maltese and EU citizenship, allowed for continued investment in the community.
“This time, we saw to providing assistance to our elderly, as well as persons with disability, through the purchase of wheelchairs and motor mattresses,” Muscat said.
The parliamentary secretary emphasised that the aim was to ensure that the residency regulations that are set to replace the IIP “will seek to further strengthen such investment in our communities.”
The donation was welcomed by Muscat’s colleague, Parliamentary Secretary for Active Ageing and Persons with Disability Silvio Parnis, who said that it would further assist in providing the best possible services to those who live in the residences who will be benefiting from the donated equipment.