$9m given out to 40,000 families under U Care schemes
The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) revealed that almost $9 million has been given out to more than 40,000 needy families this year under its U Care assistance programmes.
Launched in 2009, these aim to improve the welfare of its low-income union members through schemes such as the Back To School voucher programme.
"The cost of buying new school supplies can pose quite a heavy burden for them, especially if they have more than one child," said Mr Zainal Sapari, director of NTUC Care and Share, last Saturday.
Revealing the figure in a speech at a Back To School fair, he later added that NTUC is looking to help these children gain access to enrichment programmes in areas such as sports and art.