The Malta Independent 3 December 2021, Friday

The government will not pay back €50 million in overcharged utility bills, Finance Minister says

Janet Fenech Wednesday, 20 October 2021, 13:16 Last update: about 2 months ago

The government has no plans as yet to pay back the estimated €50 million in overcharged utility bills to the people as has been promised by the PN, said Minister for Finance and Employment Clyde Caruana on Wednesday.

In reply to questions from journalists today, Caruana alluded to his budget speech, noting that the current method with which the country calculates the utility bills is based on a law that was enacted under the Nationalist Party.

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Nonetheless he reiterated that the government is undertaking a revision of the current method to ensure “more justice for the people.”

“As I said in my budget speech, the method with which utility bills are being calculated is based on a law that was enacted under the Nationalist Party, having been approved by the regulators.”

“As I said, this government is going to begin working to remedy the situation, and therefore, Minister Dalli is going to revise the method by which the utilities bills are calculated to ensure more justice for the people”.

“I was crystal clear in my budget speech, we are going to begin implementing a new system from today onwards”. 

When asked for a direct reply as to whether the government will be paying those people back for utility money that was “stolen” from them, he said: “For now we are saying from today onwards.”

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