As Singapore braces for the impact of Covid-19, the government has put in place measures to help needy Singaporeans tide over this period.
These measures were announced on Feb. 18, as part of the Budget 2020 speech by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.
Lower-income Singaporeans will get help in the form of the Workfare Special Payment and Grocery Vouchers, as well as the Workfare Transport Concession Scheme and Public Transport Voucher announced in Oct. 2019.
The Grocery Vouchers, worth S$100, will be distributed in 2020 and 2021. They can be used at major supermarkets, including NTUC FairPrice, Sheng Siong, and Giant.
To be eligible, you have to be:
- A Singaporean aged 21 and older
- Living in a one or two-room public housing flat
- Not own more than one property
Those on workfare will also receive 20 per cent more for work done in 2019, with a minimum payment of S$100.
This is part of the S$1.6 billion Care and Support package being rolled out.
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