Factsheet for case MT-2020-23/935 – Updated – measures in Malta
|Country||Malta , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 06 June 2020 – 31 December 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Support for parents and carers (financial or in kind)
|Author||Luke Anthony Fiorini (University of Malta) and Eurofound|
|Case created||06 July 2020 (updated 11 January 2021)|
Offered by the Department of Social Security, the In-Work Benefit aims to assist couples and single parents who are employed and have children under the age of 23 years, who are still dependent and living with them. The In-Work Benefit provides such individuals who have a limited income with a financial benefit. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, this benefit will see both its threshold and rate increase.
The In-Work Benefit is usually paid quarterly in January, April, July and October. In view of COVID-19, a one-time payment of €250 is being paid for the year 2020 as an In-Work supplement to a beneficiary in receipt of In-Work Benefit.
Applicants must have children under the age of 23, living within the household. The usual eligibility for the In-work benefit are (during 1January 2020 till 5 June 2020):
In June 2020 it was announced by government that some 3,900 families will receive a €250 top-up to their usual in-work benefit.
Parents in employment
Single parents in employment
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
By means of a tripartite agreement, a package of measures to save jobs and organisations was agreed on 24th march 2020. This was the third but most significant package of measures announced by the Government. Following this agreement, social partners remained in direct contact with the government highlighting their proposals of what was felt was still necessary to save the Maltese economy and jobs. In view of this, on the 8 June 2020, the government announced a 'mini budget' to help the Maltese economy to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Essentially, this was the fourth package of measures announced by the government. The current measure formed part of this package. The measure is administered by the Social Security Department.
The fourth package of measures, of which the current measure formed part of, received public support from an array of social partners. Those positive and vocal about it were primarily business associations, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of SMEs, the Malta Employers' Association, the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, and the Association of Catering Establishments. Whilst these associations commented on the proposals in general which included reduced electricity tariffs, aid with rent, and vouchers, only the MHRA appears to have made specific mention of the In-Work Benefit which it viewed positively. The feedback on the overall package from unions was more mixed; THe Union Ħaddiema Magħqudin (UHM) Voice of the Workers argued that only 6% of the €900 million mini-budget will end up benefitting workers directly. Conversely, the General Workers' Union supported the package.
Eurofound (2020), In-work benefit for working parents, case MT-2020-23/935 (measures in Malta), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.