Things have calmed down now, but not too long ago, supermarkets were turned into war zones, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Remember how people used to fight over toilet paper? Now they argue over wearing masks in public buses.
Toilet paper and hand sanitiser may be easier to get now, but due to the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, many people are struggling to buy daily essentials.
Fortunately, our government has been in a giving mood lately, and those facing financial hardship will get the aid they need.
Some S’poreans to Receive $300 Grocery Vouchers Next Month (Oct) as Part of Care & Support Package
Eligible Singaporeans will receive $300 worth of grocery vouchers in October and December this year, as part of the Care & Support package announced at Budget 2020.
According to the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the package was introduced to “provide
assurance to Singaporean households during this period of uncertainty, by defraying part
of their household expenses.”
Singaporeans aged 21 and above, who live in 1-room and 2-room HDB flats, and do
not own more than one property are eligible for the vouchers.
In addition to the $300 this year, eligible citizens will also receive $100 worth of grocery vouchers in 2021.
The 2020 Grocery Vouchers, which will be distributed in October and December, will be delivered to the NRIC-registered address of eligible citizens via mail.
At the moment, NTUC FairPrice, Giant, and Sheng Siong have all agreed to accept these vouchers.
It is unclear when these vouchers will expire.
GST Voucher – U Save
Another grant in the Care & Support package is the U-Save GST Voucher, which you’ll be getting in October 2020 and January 2021, according to Seedly.
For those who don’t know, a U-Save voucher isn’t a cash grant but rather credits that you can use to offset your costly utility bills.
All eligible HDB households will receive double their regular amount this financial year, due to the business-killing and wallet-emptying pandemic.
The amount you receive depends on the type of flat you live in, of course. Larger households, for instance, will receive an additional GSTV – USave rebate.
To be eligible, you need to:
- Own and live in your HDB flat, as long as there’s at least one Singapore citizen owner or occupier in the flat; or
- Partially rent out the HDB flat that you own and live in, provided there’s at least one Singapore citizen owner or occupier in the flat; or
- Rent an entire flat, though there must be at least one Singapore citizen tenant;
Those who own more than one property are not eligible for the U-Save voucher, because they already have money coming out of their butts.
Workfare Special Payment
In October, eligible employees will also receive the second Workfare Special Payment of S$1,500, under the Workfare Income Supplement scheme.
The first payment of the same amount was made in July, with a total of 400,000 lower-income Singaporeans benefiting from the grant.
They will receive $3,000 in total.
All these measures, as Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat announced back in March, is to provide financial support to Singaporeans who need more help during this uncertain period.
The government will also be giving eligible Singaporeans $100 worth of tourism vouchers in December, in a bid to revive its dying tourism sector.
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