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$1.7 million paid out in work schemes for the disabled

Published on Dec 20, 2012 10:52 AM
 
Towner Gardens School graduate Chen Min Li, who is intellectually disabled, works at burger chain Carl’s Junior for $1,100 a month. Since January this year, 1,150 employers have received wage subsidies from the government as an incentive for them to hire over 1,800 disabled Singaporeans. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FINANCE

Since January this year, 1,150 employers have received wage subsidies from the government as an incentive for them to hire over 1,800 disabled Singaporeans.

Some $1.24 million in Special Employment Credit, which has been extended to employers who hire people who have graduated from special education schools regardless of their ages, have since been disbursed.

Under this scheme, the Government gives them a credit of up to 16 per cent of the employees's wages which is twice of what employers of older workers get. In the past, only Singaporean workers above the age of 50 and earning up to $3,000 were eligible for this scheme.

Another initiative that Singaporeans with disabilities to enter the workforce and lead independent lives is the Workfare Income Supplement.

 
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