Updated: 06/21/2014 00:48

CDAC will raise income ceiling starting next month

CDAC Chairman, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong speaking to the media

CDAC Chairman, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong speaking to the media

About a thousand more families stand to benefit when self-help group, the Chinese Development Assistance Council, raises its income eligibility ceiling next 

The changes are expected to cost an additional $500,000 each year. 

Households earning not more than $3,300, or a per capita income of $900, will now qualify for the Chinese Development Assistance Council or CDAC's tuition, enrichment programme subsidy and skills training award schemes. 

Previously, only those earning not more than $3,000 or $800 per capita were eligible. 

The income limit for financial schemes catering to low-income families will also be upped by $400, to $1,900.

In those case, per capita income limit will also be raised, to $650 from the previous 450. 

Financial help for such low-income families will come in the form of a tuition fee waiver and the Hardship Assistance Fund scheme. 

Making the announcement at the CDAC's Annual General Meeting today, the Council Chairman, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong also highlighted the CDAC's strategy moving forward. 

"Firstly, to deepen the impact of our programmes, create more impact and benefits for our target groups. We're also focusing on upper social mobility to help our workers and families to maximise their potential. Thirdly, we try to extend our reach, to needy, students and workers. Lastly, we want to ensure sustainability over the long term, engage our stakeholders, mobilise more volunteers to support our programmes. " 

The CDAC also announced plans to build more "in-school" student care centres. 

The first one will open in Bendemeer Primary School next month. 

Besides focusing on students, the CDAC will also be rolling out programmes to aid families with foreign spouses. 

The council says such families are increasing in Singapore, and notes that they often require help in the form of family counselling and financial aids. 

-By Lee Gim Siong

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