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New Measures to Protect the Citizen Against the Rise in Prices

Posted in: Consumer Matters, Family, Information Topic, Latest News, News Articles,
Author: Myra Cecilia Azzopardi

The Government has approved new measures to continue protecting vulnerable groups from the increase in the price of food and basic necessities.

✔️Measures to advance, protect and fairly distribute the burdens of the crisis.

Given the persistence of inflation that remains high in agri-food products:

?VAT is reduced from 4 to 0% for all essential foods, and from 10 to 5% for oil and pasta. It will be in force until June 30, 2023.

? The discounts on electricity and gas taxes are extended for another 6 additional months.

? Extends the 2% limit to the annual update of the rents of the rental contracts, the suspension of evictions and releases for vulnerable homes.

?The ban on cutting off essential supplies and the social bonus for the most vulnerable families are also extended until December 31, 2023.

? The 15% increase in the Minimum Vital Income and Non-Contributory Pensions is maintained.

?Aid of €200 is earmarked for more than 3 million families with incomes of up to €27,000 to offset the rise in food prices.

?Funds for direct aid to farmers, due to the increase in costs caused by the price of fertilizers.

? The Executive subsidises  fuel to carriers, farmers, shipping companies and fishermen.

?Families continue to be supported with direct aid of 30% for urban and interurban public transport where regional governments and local entities reach up to 50%.

Fuel. It is expected that the subsidy on fuel will be removed from January 1.2023 for most. Exceptions: carriers, farmers, shipping companies and fishermen.

Translated from the press release from the cabinet.


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