PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS: Euros 10 million for the second edition of the ‘Irrestawra Darek’ scheme-funds reserved for the elderly, persons with disability and voluntary organisations

The second edition of the ‘Irrestawra Darek’ scheme was launched after the success of the first edition last year. This year, the budget for this scheme increased by Euros 2 million totalling Euros 10 million. This year’s scheme was also revised in order to reserve funds for the elderly, persons with disability and voluntary organisations.

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg began by speaking about the importance of protecting our architectural heritage. He referred to the good work being carried out by the Planning Authority with regards to scheduling, and emphasised that a scheme such as ‘Irrestawra Darek’ helps to illustrate this in a more positive light for those residents who own these types of properties. Minister Borg said that as a result of this scheme, not only will more attention be directed towards residences with precious and traditional architecture, but the Government will also be financially aiding more vulnerable sectors of society as well as those who have problems of accessibility in their residence. He expressed his confidence in this scheme and said that he is certain that, as was the case last year, the Maltese will take initiative and commit to making their own contribution towards the conservation of our architectural heritage. Furthermore, Minister Borg expressed the Government’s commitment to continue working hard so that through schemes such as these, wealth continues to be distributed amongst Maltese citizens towards the conservation of our landscape, both natural and architectural.

Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius emphasised that following the scheme’s success in 2017, the total budget was increased with the intention of having more people benefit from it. He stated that these funds are coming from money paid to the Planning Authority through the regularisation scheme, and that this clearly shows that the Government is giving back funds in order to help citizens who wish to invest in their home.

He closed his speech by referring to the fact that owners of private residences which are situated in Urban Conservation Areas, voluntary organisations, people with special needs, and owners of Grade 1 or Grade 2 scheduled buildings can request financial aid of up to 70% of the works, with a stipulated capping.

Planning Authority CEO Johann Buttigieg explained that last year’s edition of this scheme had to be closed early due to all funds being distributed following a significant influx of applications by Maltese and Gozitan residents. He explained that this year, the scheme was adapted in order to help a larger number of groups from society, therefore necessitating an increase in budget.

Mr Joe Magro Conti gave a presentation during which he explained this year’s scheme in more detail. He stated that Euros 7.5 million will be allocated to members of the general public who own a residence in Urban Conservation Areas (UCA) or those who own Grade 1 or Grade 2 scheduled properties, Euros 1 million are reserved for persons with disability, another Euros 1 million are reserved for the elderly, and Euros 500,000 are to be allocated to voluntary organisations. In the case of persons with disability, an opportunity for works to improve accessibility in the interior of their residences is also being offered. Mr Magro Conti referred the public to the Planning Authority

Source: Government of Malta

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS: Euros 10 million for the second edition of the ‘Irrestawra Darek’ scheme-funds reserved for the elderly, persons with disability and voluntary organisations

The second edition of the ‘Irrestawra Darek’ scheme was launched after the success of the first edition last year. This year, the budget for this scheme increased by Euros 2 million totalling Euros 10 million. This year’s scheme was also revised in order to reserve funds for the elderly, persons with disability and voluntary organisations.

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg began by speaking about the importance of protecting our architectural heritage. He referred to the good work being carried out by the Planning Authority with regards to scheduling, and emphasised that a scheme such as ‘Irrestawra Darek’ helps to illustrate this in a more positive light for those residents who own these types of properties. Minister Borg said that as a result of this scheme, not only will more attention be directed towards residences with precious and traditional architecture, but the Government will also be financially aiding more vulnerable sectors of society as well as those who have problems of accessibility in their residence. He expressed his confidence in this scheme and said that he is certain that, as was the case last year, the Maltese will take initiative and commit to making their own contribution towards the conservation of our architectural heritage. Furthermore, Minister Borg expressed the Government’s commitment to continue working hard so that through schemes such as these, wealth continues to be distributed amongst Maltese citizens towards the conservation of our landscape, both natural and architectural.

Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius emphasised that following the scheme’s success in 2017, the total budget was increased with the intention of having more people benefit from it. He stated that these funds are coming from money paid to the Planning Authority through the regularisation scheme, and that this clearly shows that the Government is giving back funds in order to help citizens who wish to invest in their home.

He closed his speech by referring to the fact that owners of private residences which are situated in Urban Conservation Areas, voluntary organisations, people with special needs, and owners of Grade 1 or Grade 2 scheduled buildings can request financial aid of up to 70% of the works, with a stipulated capping.

Planning Authority CEO Johann Buttigieg explained that last year’s edition of this scheme had to be closed early due to all funds being distributed following a significant influx of applications by Maltese and Gozitan residents. He explained that this year, the scheme was adapted in order to help a larger number of groups from society, therefore necessitating an increase in budget.

Mr Joe Magro Conti gave a presentation during which he explained this year’s scheme in more detail. He stated that Euros 7.5 million will be allocated to members of the general public who own a residence in Urban Conservation Areas (UCA) or those who own Grade 1 or Grade 2 scheduled properties, Euros 1 million are reserved for persons with disability, another Euros 1 million are reserved for the elderly, and Euros 500,000 are to be allocated to voluntary organisations. In the case of persons with disability, an opportunity for works to improve accessibility in the interior of their residences is also being offered. Mr Magro Conti referred the public to the Planning Authority

Source: Government of Malta