Rearing a baby is pretty expensive work but the Maltese government is about to make a life a little bit easier for parents.
As of next year, parents will be entitled to a €300 government bonus for every newborn or adopted child, which will help them cover the initial costs of raising them.
The scheme was announced in the 2020 Budget and did not indicate whether it will only be available to all Maltese residents or only to citizens.
was proposed by the General Workers Union a few years ago as a means of improving Malta’s fertility rate which, at 1.26 births per woman, is the lowest in the entire European Union and this despite the island’s blanket abortion ban.
A number of countries across the world, such as Australia, Japan and France, have already introduced similar ‘baby bonus’ schemes, and the Labour Party had promised to introduce it in its last electoral manifesto.