Budget not enough for social aspect- Zminijietna

Press Release: 06/11/08
Stqarrija Stampa: 06/11/08
(Verzjonijiet bl-Ingliz u bil-Malti)

 

 

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Budget not enough for social aspect- Zminijietna

Zminijietna - Voice of the Left said that the Budget does not offer enough compensation and protection to make up for the heavy social burdens being faced by thousands of workers, pensioners and families. Zminijietna said that the fiscal revisions and cost of living compensation given will not suffice to make up for the hefty increase in the cost of living.  

Zminijietna said that the heavy increase in utility tariffs will further increase social inequality.

“Wasteful practices, and not normal consumption should be penalised. Government should carry out scientific analysis and wide consultation and not impose such anti-social measures”.

Zminijietna said that although the budget makes a number of positive proposals, there is not enough peace of mind for low and middle income earners.

“Whilst we agree that clean cars should be incentivised, this should not be carried out in a socially regressive manner which will result in hefty costs for those who cannot afford new cars”.

“Whilst it is positive to introduce incentives for solar energy, it is unlikely that these will have significant impacts on households given the prohibitive capital costs for such energy and given that apartments have lack of access for such energy. It would have been wise for Government to retain schemes which incentivise purchase of energy-efficient appliances and for Government to invest directly in solar energy in public places”.

“As regards housing schemes, it is positive that Government will once again subsidise first-time buyers. However, the scheme should be more accessible across society, as the housing problem is causing social strain amongst various social groups”. 

“The incentives aimed to encourage increased female participation in employment, whilst positive, will not address the major problem faced by thousands of families, namely the need for better working conditions which permit a healthier work-family balance and affordable childcare centres”.

Zminijietna welcomes positive measures such as investment against breast cancer, increase in funds for research, increase in funds for local councils and incentives for industry and tourism.

David Pisani

Public Relations Officer
Zminijietna - Voice of the Left
Mob 79436914

Bagit mhux bizzejjed ghall-aspett socjali - Zminijietna

Zminijietna – Lehen ix-Xellug qalet li l-bagit ma joffrix bizzejjed kumpens u protezzjoni biex itaffu ghall-pizijiet kbar li qed jiffaccjaw eluf ta’ haddiema, pensjonanti u familji. Zminijietna qalet li l-kumpens fiskali u l-kumpens ta’ l-gholi tal-hajja mhux ser itaffu ghaz-zidiet fl-gholi tal-hajja.

Zminijietna qalet li t-tariffi fuq id-dawl u l-ilma ser izidu l-inugwaljanza socjali.

“Il-hela, u mhux il-konsum normali ghandha tigi penalizzata. Barra minn hekk, il-Gvern ghandu jaghmel analizi xjentifika u konsultazzjoni wiesgha u mhux jimponi mizuri anti-socjali”.

Zminijietna qalet li ghalkemm il-bagit fih numru ta’ mizuri pozittivi, m’hemmx bizzejjed serhan il-mohh ghal dawk bi qliegh baxx u medju.
 
“Filwaqt li naqblu li karozzi nodfa ghandhom jigu incentivati, dan m’ghandux isir b’mod socjalment regressive li ser iwassal ghal pizijiet kbar fuq dawk li ma jaffordjawx karozzi godda”.

“Filwaqt li hu tajjeb li jkun hemm incentive ghall-energija tax-xemx, x’aktarx dawn mhux ser ikollhom rizultati sinjifikanti ghad-djar minhabba l-prezz kapitali gholi ghal din it-tip ta’ energija u minhabba in-nuqqas ta’ access ghall-appartamenti. Kien ikun ghaqli kieku l-Gvern zamm skemi li jincentivaw ix-xiri ta’ apparat efficjenti u li kieku l-Gvern  jinvesti direttament f’energija mix-xemx f’postijiet pubblici”.

“F’dak li ghandu x’jaqsam mal-housing, huwa pozittiv li l-Gvern ser jerga jissusidja lil min ser jixtri dar ghall-ewwel darba. Izda l-iskema ghandha tkun iktar accessibbli madwar is-socjeta’, minhabba li l-problema tal-housing qed tohloq stress socjali
fuq gruppi socjali differenti”.

“L-incentivi favur iktar partecipazzjoni tan-nisa fil-qasam tax-xoghol, minkejja li huma pozittivi, m’humiex ser jindirizzaw l-ikbar diffikultajiet li qed jiffaccjaw eluf ta’ familji, jigifieri il-bzonn ta’ kundizzjonijiet ta’ xoghol ahjar u li jippermettu bilanc bejn ix-xoghol u l-familja, u l-htiega ta’ child-care centres affordabbli”.

Zminijietna tilqa’ mizuri pozittivi bhall-ivestiment kontra l-kancer tas-sider,  iktar fondi ghall-ricerka u kunsilli lokali, kif ukoll incentive ghall-industrija u t-turizmu.

David Pisani
Ufficjal Relazzjonijiet Pubblici
Zminijietna – Lehen ix-Xellug
Mob 79436914

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