Mgr Charles J. Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta, met with Minister for Social Accommodation Roderick Galdes to discuss the reform of pre-1995 controlled rents.
During the meeting, Minister Roderick Galdes explained that social justice is the fundamental principle behind this reform, and that through this reform, past injustices will be addressed while those in need will be protected.
“We have created an adequate balance between the landlord, who deserves fair compensation for the gesture made towards society, and the tenant, who duly deserves reassurance and certainty. We are talking about people’s assets and their shelter. This is why the government felt the need to intervene and compensate the accommodation expenses of those vulnerable persons and pensioners”, stated Minister Galdes.
He also claimed that this reform forms part of a holistic vision for social housing in which various challenges are being addressed. “Affordability is the next step”, the minister continued, while also stating that, “We are working on a model that will be an important step forward. We have a reality wherein a substantial proportion of our society is currently spending over a quarter of its income on rent, which is making it difficult for these people to improve their quality of life”.
Archbishop Mgr Charles J. Scicluna welcomed the principles of the controlled rents reform and stressed that the government has a duty to address suffering while reassuring the peace of mind and mental health of citizens. He also highlighted the fact that from a challenge there can be potential, and with a concerted effort and principles, an example may be created that leaves a positive impact.
The Archbishop and Minister Roderick Galdes discussed the fact that when it comes to social housing, there is potential for joint work and that this opportunity should be further explored for the well-being of the people and the community.