SO­CIALLY MINDED BUT IG­NORES MID­DLE CLASS

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE -

• COLA: €1.75

• €4 COLA for min­i­mum wage earn­ers

• €300 grant for over 75s

• 1,400 fam­i­lies to re­ceive dou­ble subsidies for hous­ing rent

• In­crease in pen­sions over two years

• No elec­tric­ity rate cuts

• No tax cuts

• In­crease in ex­cise duty on al­co­hol and cig­a­rettes

• Free pub­lic trans­port for 18-year-olds

• Three new schools

• Break­wa­ter planned for Marsaxlokk

• Fast ferry ser­vice for Gozo

• New road junc­tion for Marsa

• 2016 deficit slashed to 1.1%

• 2017 deficit forecast at 0.5%

• 2016 na­tional debt at 63.3% of GDP

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