INDEPTH: Car­i­tas Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor does not say if bud­get failed the Car­i­tas test

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Car­i­tas Malta Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Leonid McKay avoided say­ing whether the bud­get pre­sented by Min­is­ter Ed­ward Sci­cluna last Mon­day failed the Car­i­tas test.

Mr McKay was be­ing in­ter­viewed by The Malta In­de­pen­dent’s Con­tent Di­rec­tor Pierre Portelli, in the sec­ond edition of the pro­gramme called INDEPTH which is avail­able on www.in­de­pen­dent.com.mt.

Asked whether he agrees with the Na­tion­al­ist Party, that the bud­get failed the Car­i­tas test, Mr McKay would not say.

“I will not en­ter into po­lit­i­cal con­tro­versy,” he said, while adding that through the bud­get the voice of those who are at risk of poverty is be­ing heard.

“But it is only the first step. This, for me, is the cri­te­ria for this bud­get and I can­not say whether it has failed or passed the Car­i­tas test”.

Na­tion­al­ist MPs Paula Mif­sud Bon­nici, Robert Cu­ta­jar and Stephen Spi­teri pre­vi­ously in­di­cated that the Car­i­tas poverty re­port found Mal­tese fam­i­lies with two chil­dren and one par­ent, on the min­i­mum wage, re­quire €11,446 to get by, an €800 in­crease when com­pared to 3.5 years ago. They ar­gued that the bud­get will not make up this dif­fer­ence. They also called it a “cos­metic bud­get.

The pro­gramme dealt with the bud­get and peo­ple on ben­e­fits, at risk of poverty and in poverty.

In the bud­get last Mon­day, Min­is­ter Sci­cluna an­nounced a list of mea­sures which he said will go a long way to help peo­ple in the low in­come wage bracket, de­scrib­ing it as a so­cial bud­get. The gov­ern­ment has how­ever been crit­i­cised for ig­nor­ing the mid­dle class.

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