SINGAPORE: The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has disbursed S$8.99 million to low-income union members and their families in 2013.
The money was given through various NTUC U Care assistance programmes, targeted at low-income families, children and youth, and the elderly.
Families as well as children and youth were the groups that benefited the most from the programmes.
Some S$3.4 million was allocated to reach out to 40,200 families, and some S$5 million were given out to some 38,500 children.
Seniors, numbering more than 5,000, benefited from S$500,000 of the funds.
The labour movement released the figures as it capped its U Care programmes for the year with a back-to-school fair this weekend.
It also announced that the Tote Board and Singapore Pools have pledged S$1 million to support its back-to-school voucher programme, with the money to be disbursed over the next three years.
Students from low-income families at different levels of education -- kindergarten, primary, secondary and special school, Institute of Technical Education, and polytechnic -- will stand to benefit from the donation.
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