This article was first published on 17 March 2020 and updated to include measures from the supplementary Resilience Budget.
To help households in coping with expenses “during this period of uncertainty”, especially given the COVID-19 outbreak and imminent economic slowdown, a $1.6 billion Care and Support Package was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat in his Budget speech in February. An additional $3 billion was allocated in the Resilience Budget in March, totalling $4.6 billion.
The Care and Support Package consists of the following:
- One-off cash payout of up to $900;
- GST Voucher – U-Save;
PAssion Card Top-up$100 cash payout for Seniors;
- Grocery Vouchers;
- Workfare Special Payment;
- Service and Conservancy Charges rebates;
This is on top of a $20 million grant over two years to Self-Help Groups, and another $55 million grant to Community Development Councils to fund community programmes to support needy households.
We take a look at the Care and Support Package, the eligibility for each benefit, and the expected date you should be receiving the benefits if you are eligible.
#1 Care And Support – Cash
A one-off cash payout will be given to all Singaporeans aged 21 and above this year. Cash payouts will also be given to families with children and elderly parents.
The amount of cash payout under this category was tripled in the Resilience Budget.
Eligibility and amount: All Singaporeans aged 21 years and above in 2020 will receive the Care and Support – Cash payout according to their income.
For those who own more than one property, they will receive $300, regardless of their income.
Parents with one or more Singaporean children below the age of 21 in 2020 will receive an additional $300 in cash.
|Assessable Income for Year of Assessment 2019||$0 to $28,000||$28,0001 to $100,000||More than $100,000 or owns more than one property|
|Care and Support – Cash||$900||$600||$300|
|Additional cash for each parent||+$300|
Date of payout: All Singaporeans Eligible citizens will be notified in August 2020 of the eligible amount they receive via letter or SMS (if they signed up for SingPass notifications).
They should expect to receive the payout between end-August and September 2020, depending on the mode of payment (PayNow, direct bank account credit or cheque).
#2 GST Voucher – U-Save
The GST Voucher (GSTV) is given to lower- and middle-income Singaporeans to offset some of their GST expenses, and this includes the U-Save utilities rebate for eligible HDB households.
Eligibility and amount: Eligible HDB households for U-Save in 2020 will receive double the regular amount, while larger households with five or more members (excluding helpers, unrelated tenants, godparents and friends) will receive an additional U-Save rebate.
|HDB Flat Type||Regular U-Save||U-Save Special Payment||Additional U-Save rebate||Total U-Save for FY 2020|
|For all eligible households||For larger eligible households|
|1- and 2-room||$400||+$400||+$200||$800 or $1000|
|3-room||$360||+$360||+$180||$720 or $900|
|4-room||$320||+$320||+$160||$640 or $800|
|5-room||$280||+$280||+$140||$560 or $700|
|Executive/Multi-Generation||$240||+$240||+$120||$480 or $600|
Date of payout: Eligible households will receive their regular U-Save over four quarters in April, July and October 2020, as well as January 2021.
They will also receive the special payment over two quarters in April 2020 and July 2020, while eligible larger households will receive the additional U-Save rebate in October 2020 and January 2021.
Rebates will be credited directly into the household’s utilities account.
PAssion Card Top-Up Cash For Seniors
Eligibility and amount: Singaporeans aged 50 years and above in 2020 will receive $100
top-up into their PAssion Card in cash. This replaces the initial PAssion Card top-up and will eliminate the need for physical redemption in person.
Date of payout: Those eligible for the cash payout will receive the $100 directly in their designated bank account, together with their Care and Support – Cash payout.
#4 Grocery Vouchers
Eligibility and amount: Singaporeans who are 21 years of age and above, living in 1- or 2-room HDB flats and do not own more than one property, are eligible for grocery vouchers worth $300 in 2020 and $100 in 2021. These vouchers can be used at participating supermarkets, including FairPrice, Giant and Sheng Siong.
Date of payout: The vouchers will be delivered to the NRIC-registered address in 4Q2020 via mail.
#5 Workfare Special Payment (WSP)
The Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) scheme is aimed at helping lower-wage workers whose earnings are in the bottom 20%, with some support for those slightly above. The scheme tops up the salaries of these workers via CPF and cash supplement.
Eligibility and amount: All recipients of WIS payments in work year 2019 are eligible for the WSP, covering Singaporean low-wage employees and self-employed persons, aged 35 years and above.
In the Resilience Budget, the WSP quantum has been enhanced to $3,000, up from a maximum of $720.
Date of payout: Eligible Singaporeans can expect to receive the enhanced WSP in two equal payments of $1,500 in July and October 2020.
#5 Service and Conservancy Charges (S&CC) Rebate
The S&CC covers the cost of maintaining and upgrading HDB estates. This amount is paid monthly, and the rates vary across town councils.
Eligibility: Singaporean households living in HDB flats will receive rebates to offset between 1.5 and 3.5 months of S&CC, based on the type of HDB dwelling.
Households with a member owning a private property, or have rented out the entire flat, will not be eligible for the rebate.
|HDB Flat Type||Number of Months of S&CC Rebate in Financial Year (FY) 2020|
|April 2020||July 2020||October 2020||January 2021||Total for FY 2020|
|1- and 2-room||1||1||1||0.5||3.5|
Date of payout: Eligible households will receive the rebate over four quarters in April 2020, July 2020, October 2020 and January 2021, and it will be used to directly offset the S&CC bills of the corresponding month.
DollarsAndSense.sg aims to provide interesting, bite-sized and relevant financial articles.
Learn together with like-minded Singaporeans at the Personal Finance Discussion SG Facebook Group by discussing a range of personal finance topics.
If you have not done so, subscribe to our free e-newsletter to receive exclusive content not available anywhere else.