€10m to reduce by 22,000 people at risk of poverty
The government has allocated €10 million to reduce the number of people at risk of poverty by 22,000 by the end of next year. This was announced during the launch of a green paper calling for proposals to reduce the number of people at risk of poverty.
The green paper was published today by the Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, and the Minister for Social Policy, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, after months of extensive and wide consultation.
The Prime Minister said that the government’s fight to reduce poverty was based on a strategy on which everyone has to work upon together. He described the aim to reduce 22,000 people from the risk of poverty as ambitious and required a significant amount of initiatives.
Dr Muscat said that for the initiative to be a success it has to be ensured that social benefits are handed out to persons who really need them. The government was committed to empower vulnerable persons to get on their feet and contribute towards the Maltese economy.
Minister Coleiro Preca explained that children and the elderly will take priority in the strategy since they are the most at risk of poverty and social exclusion.
The government will be receiving suggestions from the public on the green paper until February 20 and subsequently following a critical analysis the strategy will become government policy.