No more NI num­bers, just an ID for so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions

Malta Independent - - NEWS - He­lena Grech

Na­tional In­sur­ance num­bers for Mal­tese iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card hold­ers have been made ob­so­lete fol­low­ing an an­nounce­ment yes­ter­day by Fam­ily Min­is­ter Michael Far­ru­gia that so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions are now made through ID card num­bers.

As part of a sim­pli­fi­ca­tion process, Mr Far­ru­gia said that the abo­li­tion of NI num­bers for Mal­tese ID card hold­ers will make res­i­dents em­ploy­able more quickly, as they would not need to regis­ter for an NI num­ber, and would also make so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions sim­pler for em­ploy­ers.

This has come into ef­fect as from 1 Oc­to­ber 2016, Mr Far­ru­gia said. Up un­til Oc­to­ber, ev­ery per­son re­sid­ing in Malta was as­signed an NI num­ber, and once in em­ploy­ment that num­ber would be used to make so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions. It is also used for in­di­vid­ual pen­sion funds. As of this month, ev­ery per­son aged 16 and above would have their ID card num­ber placed on the so­cial se­cu­rity registry, and all nec­es­sary pay­ments paid through that.

For­eign per­sons work­ing in Malta who are res­i­dents but do not have a Mal­tese ID card are still re­quired to use the NI num­ber for so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions un­der the pre­vi­ous sys­tem.

Mr Far­ru­gia said that roughly 4,000 peo­ple per year turn 16, and will there­fore be ben­e­fit­ting from this sim­pli­fi­ca­tion process, as they would not need to regis­ter for their NI num­ber. He con­firmed that all those Mal­tese ID card hold­ers need not ap­ply or regis­ter to ben­e­fit from this change, as it has taken place au­to­mat­i­cally by the so­cial se­cu­rity depart­ment. He also said that a con­sul­ta­tion process had been car­ried out prior to the com­mence­ment of this devel­op­ment, with em­ploy­ers un­der the Malta Coun­cil for Eco­nomic and So­cial Devel­op­ment, the In­land Rev­enue Depart­ment, soft­ware op­er­a­tors for pay­roll sys­tems and Jobs+ (pre­vi­ously the Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Cen­tre) all in agree­ment that the pro­posed changes would not cause dif­fi­culty and is a pos­i­tive step for­ward.

All Mal­tese ID card hold­ers, with ID num­bers end­ing with M, L, G and H will ben­e­fit from this change.

Mr Far­ru­gia said that this is just one part of a series of sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of pro­ce­dures not just re­lated to so­cial se­cu­rity.

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