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Once-Only Grant for Police Officers

A Once-Only Grant for Police Officers who performed “overtime”
between 1st September, 1993 and 31st December, 2009
 
IT is notified for general information that the applications for the scheme that aims to provide a once-only grant for ‘overtime’  performed  between  1st  September,  1993,  and 31st December, 2009, which was published in Government Gazette No. 20,177 dated 26th April, 2019, shall continue to be received until the 23rd of July, 2019
 
IN ORDER to implement one of the measures identified in Budget 2019, the Prime Minister, the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Home Affairs and National Security have developed the following Scheme that aims to provide a once-only grant for “overtime” performed by police officers between 1st September, 1993 and 31st December, 2009.
 
SCHEME
 
1. Interpretation
 
In this Scheme, unless the context otherwise requires:
 
“Malta” means the Maltese Islands
 
“applicant” means an individual who submitted an application.
 
“effective period” means any period between 1st September, 1993 and 31st December, 2009.
 
“eligible person/s” means member or former member of the Malta Police Force in the rank of Police Constable, Sergeant or Sergeant Major who performed extra hours during the effective period or part thereof.
 
2. Area of applicability
 
The Scheme applies to eligible persons who performed “overtime” during the effective period.
 
The Scheme also applies to the heirs of eligible persons who are deceased at the time of the submission of the application.  
 
3. Manner of application and supporting documents
 
(i)  Applications under this Scheme shall be made on the application form enclosed with this Scheme and shall contain all the information and details as required in the said form and in terms of this Scheme.
 
(ii)  In the case of applications under this Scheme made relative to a deceased eligible person, the application shall be made by the heirs.  Where there is more than one heir, there shall be made one joint application by the heirs.  Together with the application, there shall be produced a declaration made by a notary public, in which declaration there shall be declared who the heir or heirs of the de cujus is or are, on condition that the de cujus was eligible to apply for the Scheme.  The Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security reserves the right to request the presentation of other documents besides the declaration mentioned above.
 
(iii)  Only those applications that are found to conform with the provisions of this Scheme shall be eligible for payment of the grant.
 
(iv) Applications under this Scheme, including the documents that are to be attached to the application, shall be submitted to the Human Resources Department at the Police General Headquarters in Floriana by not later than 23rd July, 2019.
 
(v)  Those applicants who applied under the Schemes published in the Government Gazette on 2nd May 2017 or 17th April 2018, and who received a grant in accordance with their eligibility subject to the terms of these Schemes, need not reapply under the new Scheme.  They will soon be notified accordingly by the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security.
 
(vi)  In the case of deceased eligible applicants who received a grant under the first Scheme and call for applications in 2017 or second Scheme and call for applications in 2018, a new application needs to be submitted under this Scheme by the widow/widower or authorised heir as provided for in clause 3 (ii) above.

(vii) Application may be downloaded from the following link: https://homeaffairs.gov.mt/en/MHAS-Information/Documents/Police%20Officers%20Scheme/Scheme%202019%20-%20Police%20Overtime.pdf

4. Grant payable under the Scheme
 
Eligible applicants, including heirs where applicable, may apply for a grant in respect of the extra hours performed during the effective period.

5. Payment of grant

The amount of the grant will be paid to the eligible applicant by cheque which shall be posted to the address shown on the application form.  No interests shall run on the amount of the grant due to the applicant.  It is a condition of this Scheme that by accepting the grant, the applicant shall be renouncing to any other claims in respect of “overtime” performed during the effective period.  The Scheme may be spread over a number of years with separate calls for applications being issued from time to time.  Each call for applications will be subject to a separate verification process.  The details shall be announced with each call which may be issued.

6. Validity of application

An application shall not be deemed to have been submitted unless it is fully completed, contains all the information and is supported by all the documentation requested therein.

7. Review of Decisions

An applicant whose application for the payment of the grant under the Scheme was not acceded to shall be informed of such refusal by the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security by means of a registered letter.
 
An applicant who feels aggrieved from the decision taken by the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security has the right to request a revision of the said decision within twenty one (21) days from the receipt of the decision of refusal.  The request for a revision, together with a copy of the refusal letter, shall be sent within the established period by means of a registered letter addressed to the Secretary, Grant Review Board, 201, Strait Street, Valletta VLT 1433.
 
The review of the decision shall be done by the Grant Review Board which Grant Review Board shall be set up following an order issued by the Minister responsible for Finance and published in the Government Gazette.  The decision of the Grant Review Board shall be final and there shall be no appeal from the decision of the Grant Review Board.

8. Amendments to the Scheme
 
The Minister responsible for Finance and the Minister responsible for Home Affairs and National Security shall have the right to make any amendments to this Scheme by the publication of the said amendments in the Government Gazette.