95% Surcharge to increase inequality - Zminijietna

Press Release: 08/07/08
Stqarrija Stampa: 08/07/08
(Verzjonijiet bl-Ingliz u bil-Malti)

 

 

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95% Surcharge to increase inequality - Zminijietna

Zminijietna - Voice of the Left said that the 95% surcharge rate on water and electricity bills will only make life more difficult for thousands of Maltese families. Zminijietna said that instead, the Government should introduce short-term and long-term changes which are more socially just, ecologically sustainable and efficient.

"Unjust surcharges will increase inequality in Malta, which is already characterised by high inflation rates.  Instead of increasing consumer surcharges in a flat-rate manner, the Government should ensure that wasteful practices, and not normal consumption rates, are penalized. The basic energy rate should remain affordable to low and middle income earners. If anything, this requires a decrease in the surcharge rate. Surcharge increases should be imposed on wasteful practices and not on normal consumption".

Zminijietna added that energy should remain under state ownership so as to have social responsibility in this sector. "The State should also increase investment in alternative sources of energy".

David Pisani
f/ Zminijietna - Voice of the Left

Mob 7953 6914

Iktar inugwaljanza bis-Surcharge ta' 95% - Zminijietna

Zminijietna – Lehen ix-Xellug qalet li s-surcharge ta' 95% fuq il-kontijiet tal-dawl u l-ilma  ser twassal ghal iktar diffikultajiet ghal eluf ta’ familji Maltin. Zminijietna qalet li minflok, il-Gvern ghandu jintroduci bidliet li huma socjalment iktar gusti, ekologikament sostenibbli kif ukoll efficjenti.

“Zieda fis-surcharge ser iggib iktar inugwaljanza f’Malta, li hi diga’ kkaratterizzata minn inflazzjoni gholja. Minflok ma jzid is-surcharge tal-komsum b’mod indiskriminat, il-Gvern ghandu jizgura li prattici halja, u mhux konsum normali, ghandhom jigu penalizzati. Ir-rata bazika ta’ l-energija ghandha tibqa’ affordabbli ghall-dawk b’paga baxxa jew medja. Jekk xejn, dan jirrikjedi tnaqqis fis-surcharge. Is-surcharge ghandu jizdied fuq il-hela, u mhux fuq il-konsum normali”.

Zminiietna sahqaet li l-energija ghandha tibqa taht il-kontroll ta' l-istat sabiex ikun hemm responsabilita' socjali f'dan is-settur. "Il-Gvern ghandu jzid ukoll l-investiment f'sorsi alternattivi ta' energija".

David Pisani
f/ Zminijietna – Lehen ix-Xellug
Mob 79536914

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