The Malta Independent 16 July 2020, Thursday

PN issues set of proposals for economic recovery

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 19:54 Last update: about 2 months ago

The PN wants a modern economy that gives added value, and not an economy focusing just on numbers or built solely on consumption.

PN Deputy Leader David Agius, and PN MPs Ivan Bartolo and Clyde Puli addressed a press conference.

Agius said that the government failed in the aid schemes during the pandemic, due to the thousands of workers who were left out of them, and a lack of explanation in terms of processing as well as the delay for the applications to be accepted.

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He spoke of the need to create more quality work and push investment in new niches forward, incentivise innovation. He said that the PN believes in the contribution of SMEs in the economy.

He unveiled the first a set of social measures for families that the PN is proposing.

The first regards families who lost their jobs, and incentivising and creating measures so that they do not keep on depending on benefits or remain unemployed.

The second regards families in poverty or at risk of it, and the idea of direct aid for vulnerable persons, to grant social housing to those who have been asking for it for years, and to invest in education

The third regards pensioners, and that they deserve good, sustainable pensions that ensure that the elderly live decent lives, and pushes for contact with precautions in elderly homes and hospitals.

The fourth surrounds the role of women in society, and pushing women to the forefront to bring about change in the society for the better.

The fifth regards persons with disability, and improving their quality of life.

The sixth regards social mobility for youths, and overcoming every obstacle for their success.

The seventh is promoting and incentivising a social investment model, by incentivising organisations, social innovators and social enterprises to engage in business activities.

The last, was the call for a significant 50% reduction in energy bills.

The PN Deputy Leader said that the PN's pillars for economic recovery after the pandemic were studied and are forward looking.


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