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Updated: 12/30/2013 12:16 | By Channel NewsAsia

800,000 S'porean HDB households to receive utilities rebates in Jan

800,000 S'porean HDB households to receive utilities rebates in Jan


800,000 S'porean HDB households to receive utilities rebates in Jan

SINGAPORE: Some 800,000 Singaporean HDB households are to receive S$135 million worth of direct offset on their utilities expenses next month.

The offset comes in the form of GST Voucher - Utilities-Save (U-Save) rebates.

A Finance Ministry statement on Monday said eligible Singaporean households will each receive a GST Voucher - U-Save ranging from S$135 to S$195 in total, depending on their HDB flat type.

No sign-up is required for the rebates, added the statement.

The amount to be paid out in January includes the final tranche of the GST Voucher - U-Save Special Payment, which is a one-off extra GST Voucher payment announced in Budget 2013.

The other component in the amount is the regular GST Voucher - U-Save payout, which is made four times a year to eligible households.

The GST Voucher - U-Save is the household component of the permanent GST Voucher scheme that was introduced in Budget 2012.

The ministry said the GST Voucher - U-Save regular and special payments will provide substantial assistance to households.

Those living in one-room and two-room HDB flats can offset about six to eight months of utilities bills on average with the rebates.

Those living in three-room and four-room HDB flats can offset up to four months of utilities bills on average, it said.  - CNA/xq

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