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Updated: 02/26/2013 01:36 | By Channel NewsAsia

Budget 2013: More cash in assistance & higher allowance for pensioners

Budget 2013: More cash in assistance & higher allowance for pensioners


Budget 2013: More cash in assistance & higher allowance for pensioners

SINGAPORE: The public assistance scheme, which provides a basic level of financial assistance to those who are unable to work, will be enhanced.

A couple will now receive S$90 more per month for a total of $790 in cash assistance while a recipient in a single—person household will receive S$450 in cash.

Government pensioners will also see their allowance increase by S$20 to S$280 per month. Their monthly pension ceiling will be raised to S$1,210.

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced these changes in his Budget Statement on Monday.

The government will also improve its social service delivery to make it easier for people to get help.

About 20 Social Service Offices in HDB towns will be rolled out over the next few years.

Eldercare services will also be integrated.

Aged care services of the Centre for Enabled Living and the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) will be integrated under one roof at AIC.

The Ministry of Social and Family Development will strengthen its focus on persons with disabilities with an agency dedicated to the disabled.

An additional S$200 million will be injected into the ComCare Fund, while another S$10 million grant will be given to the self—help groups.

— CNA/fa

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