Tapering of Benefits

Overview

 
The Tapering of Benefits Scheme is intended to introduce persons in receipt of Unemployment Assistance (UA), Social Assistance (SA) and Social Assistance for Single Unmarried Parents (SUP) to employment.  Tapering of Benefits is given for a three year period to those beneficiaries who become engaged in employment or also as self occupied as long as they earn the national minimum wage or more.
 
Following Budget 2015, this scheme was extended to Single Parents with children under the age of 23 yrs.  In these cases, the Tapering of Benefits is given for a three year period to those Single Parents who become engaged in employment or self occupation as long as they work at least for 10 hrs per week earning the hourly rate equivalent to the national minimum wage.

Eligibility

 
Beneficiaries who in the last 36 months benefited from Unemployment Assistance (UA), Social Assistance (SA) or Single Unmarried Parents (SUP) for a period of 24 months can have their benefit tapered down gradually over a period of 3 years instead of having it stopped altogether.  As from 1st January 2015, Single Parents are not tied to the requiste of satisfying the period of 24 months in the last 36 months.
 
If a beneficiary has not availed himself of the full 36 months, then the beneficiary can continue benefiting from the remaining months if he / she restarts employment.


Procedure

 
If employment is terminated for whatever reason while receiving tapered benefits, one has to follow the normal procedures of the Jobsplus.
 
If one stops employment when receiving tapered benefits, one has to report immediately to the district office of the Department of Social Security.
 
 
If one is receiving Children’s Allowance or Supplementary Allowance while receiving tapered benefits, the rates of the Children’s Allowance or Supplementary Allowance is revised according to the income of the last full year.
 
If one starts receiving tapered benefits and is receiving Medical Aid or Milk Grant, then the payment of Medical Aid or Milk Grant is stopped immediately.
 
The percentage paid to beneficiaries will be calculated only on the main benefit (UA, SA, SUP) while the other ancillary benfits (bonuses) are stopped.
 
                                               Beneficiary                              Employer                                   
1st year                                      65%                                        25%                                       
2nd year                                    45%                                        25%                                       
3rd year                                     25%                                        25%     

In the case, of a Single Parent earning less than the weekly national minimum wage, the employer's payment will be issued at 12.5%
                                  
 
 

Documents Required

 
Application form filled by applicant and employer in case of employment and by the beneficiary in case of self occupied.  Also to submit the Jobsplus engagement form signed by all parties.
 
 

Payment Method

 
The basic rate does not vary in the 36 month period of payment.
The tapered benefit is paid every 4 weeks in arrears and it is deposited directly in a bank account.  This benefit is not taxable.  The percentage of the tapered benefit is calculated on the rate of benefit as applicable on the date of application.  No bonuses are paid with the tapered benefit.
 
If on date of application, one is receiving a supplement to the Unemployment Assistance through the Community Work Scheme, the percentage of the tapered benefit is calculated on the rate of benefit as applicable on the date of application, excluding the supplement for the Community Work Scheme.
 
 

How to apply?

 
You can call at any Social Security Office (view list here) and apply there.
 
Alternatively, you can download the application as indicated below:
 
Click here to print application in Maltese for employed persons – this has to be filled from the employer
 
Click here to print application in English for employed persons – this has to be filled from the employer

Click here to print application in Maltese for self occupied persons – this has to be filled from the employer

Click here to print application in English for self occupied persons – this has to be filled from the employer

Click here to print application in Maltese for Single Parents who have children under 23 yrs

Click here to print application in English for Single Parents who have children under 23 yrs

Click here to print application in Maltese for Head of Household who started working

Jobsplus engagement form

Click Here to print application - this has to be filled by the person / employer.
 
 
Once you complete the application and you have all the required documents, you can send it by post to:
Department of Social Security 
Non Contributory Benefits Section
38, Ordnance Street,
Valletta VLT 2000

Alternatively, you can also drop it off at your nearest Social Security Office.
 
 
 
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