Updated: 03/13/2014 22:04

ComCare assistance expanded

ComCare assistance expanded

The Ministry of Social and Family Development will reach out to more families who require short- to medium-term help. 

Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said this at the Committee of Supply debate. 

The ComCare assistance scheme will see its household income cap increased to help more families. 

It will go up by $200 to $1,900 from July. 

The income per person cap will also be raised from $550 to $650 to cater to families with more dependents. 

This is expected to help about 1,800 additional households. 

"But I want to emphasis again that the measure of success for our comcare schemes is not the amount of money that we hand out to people. It is how able we are to use the comcare scheme to allow people to stand on their feet again. And it must come as an integrated package that looks into not not just the finance assistance but also the jobs, housing, education and so forth."

Needy families can apply for the ComCare at any MSF Social Service Office. 

In addition, families with complex needs can look forward to more tailored assistance and longer duration of assistance to help them stabilise their families. 

There will be increased flexibility to respond to differing needs of families.

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