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Easier process for families with disabled or elderly applying for maid stipend

Published on Jan 14, 2013 3:17 PM
 
This file photo shows a maid attending to a wheelchair-bound elderly in Toa Payoh Central on Nov 12, 2012. Maid employers with family members who are frail, elderly, or disabled will soon find it easier to apply for a Government grant to offset the cost of hiring a domestic helper. --ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Maid employers with family members who are frail, elderly, or disabled will soon find it easier to apply for a Government grant to offset the cost of hiring a domestic helper.

The Ministry of Social and Family Development said in a media release Monday that employers can now go to any Singapore Medical Council registered doctor to have their family member assessed as someone who requires help when taking a shower or moving around, for example.

Previously only a panel of 82 doctors could do this assessment, which is one of the conditions of receiving the Foreign Domestic Worker Grant that gives family members a monthly stipend of $120.

Over 2,000 families have benefited from the grant since it came into effect in October last year. The grant is expected to cost the Government about $25 million from last year until 2016. Eventually, more than 6,000 middle- and low-income families are expected to benefit.

 
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