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  • Experts disagree on fuel hedging policy

    Fuel traders have expressed mixed views on the government’s decision to insist on fuel hedging at a time when international market prices are in decline. While there was unanimous agreement that hedging offered more stability in prices, recent...

  • Crossfire on Budget continues unabated

    The government defended its Budget from accusations it was socially unjust as the political crossfire yesterday entered a second day. The Prime Minister said low income families with children would benefit from significant cash hand-outs without...

  • Government’s big four snap up most of Budget

    Just four of the government’s 14 ministries have gobbled up nearly 80 per cent of Monday’s Budget of almost €4 billion. The finance, health, family and education ministries will collectively receive €3.3 billion, or 79 per cent of the total...

  • Staggering school hours is not on – MUT

    The teachers’ union has strongly objected to the Budget proposal that school hours be staggered to tackle road congestion, insisting it would be unacceptable for teachers and students to pay the price for bad traffic management. Stressing that the...

  • Passport scheme revenue is below expected

    Revenue from the citizenship scheme this year is expected to be below expectations, according to revised estimates published in the Budget. The original estimate was put at €59.6 million but the latest figure for 2014, published on Monday, is...

  • Notarial Council not consulted on property tax overhaul

    The Notarial Council yesterday asked the government for an urgent meeting following the “surprising” overhaul of the property taxation system announced in the Budget. Speaking to Times of Malta, council president Clinton Bellizzi said they were...

  • Budget is green and socially just – Muscat

    Construction seemed to be the only concern for environmental groups, the Prime Minister said yesterday as he brushed off criticism the Budget lacked green initiatives. Joseph Muscat said the government had embarked on a series of projects that...

  • No solutions for traffic, just tax hikes – PN

    The Budget offered no solutions or mitigating measures for thousands of commuters facing daily ordeals in heavily-congested roads, the Nationalist Party said yesterday. Instead, Nationalist Party finance spokesman Tonio Fenech said car owners were...

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