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Once-only Grant – Corporations and Entities in the Public Sector

Overview

In order to implement one of the measures identified in Budget 2021, the Prime Minister, the Minister for Finance and Employment and the Minister for Social Justice and Solidarity, the Family and Children’s Rights have developed the following scheme to provide a once-only grant for persons who:

(a)    were employed by corporations or entities in the public sector on their discharge from one of the labour corps established before 1979; or

(b)   were employed in the Gas Board until its dissolution and afterwards were employed by Enemalta Corporation; or

(c)    were apprentices in the Malta Electricity Board until its dissolution and afterwards were employed by Enemalta Corporation

Interpretation

“effective period” means the period between 16th January, 1979, or the date of the official appointment of an applicant with a corporation or entity in the public sector if such date is after the above-mentioned date, and the date when such applicant terminated his employment in the public sector

What you’ll get

The grant will be paid only to  eligible applicants who qualify and comply with the provisions of this Scheme.

The payment of the grant shall be paid to applicants by:

  • Cheque sent by post to the address shown on the application form, or
  • Be deposited directly into a bank account were the pension of the same applicant is deposited

No interests shall run on the amount of the grant due to the applicant. It is a condition of this Scheme that anyone accepting the grant, the applicant shall be renouncing to any other claim related to this Scheme and withdraw any case instituted against Government, Authority or public entity.

The Scheme may be spread over a number of years with separate calls for application being issued from time to time.  Each call for application shall be subject to a separate verification process.

Eligibility

General eligibility criteria: 

  • This Scheme applies to the period of time applicants served in the public sector during the effective period. The applicant shall only be entitled to a once-only grant in respect of the service rendered during the effective period
  • The Scheme also applies to the heirs of such individuals if they satisfy the conditions of this Scheme
  • The Scheme does not apply to individuals who are in receipt of, or have a right to receive, a pension under the Pensions Ordinance (CAP. 93.), the Police Act (CAP. 164.) or the Malta Armed Forces Act (CAP. 220.) or any other service pension

How to apply

Persons who applied and were eligible under the Scheme issued last year and are still eligible to receive payment under the same Scheme need not re-apply. However, in the case of the demise of an eligible applicant or authorized heir a fresh application under this new call has to be submitted by the heirs.

New applicants who qualify under the qualifying period, including the heirs where applicable, may apply for the grant in respect of the service provided during the effective period.

Applications under this Scheme shall be made on the application form shown in the Schedule to this Scheme and shall contain the information and all the details as required in the said form and under the same Scheme.

In the case of applications under this Scheme made on behalf of a deceased person, these are to presented by the heirs. If there is more than one heir, one application has to be presented by the authorised heir. Along with the application, a statement made by a notary declaring who is/are the heirs of the deceased and who is the authorised heir, where deceased person was eligible to apply for this scheme. The Department of Social Security reserves the right to request further documents in addition to the abovementioned statement.

Applications should be accompanied by any documents and other information that may be requested from time to time by the Minister for Finance and Employment or the Minister for Social Justice and Solidarity, the Family and Children’s Rights.

Applications under this Scheme, including the related documents, shall be submitted by not later than  31st July 2021.

Download application.

This application together with all the relevant documents are to be sent by post to the Department of Social Security, 38, Ordnance Street, Valletta, VLT 1021 or by e-mail on social.security@gov.mt.

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