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Higher cleaners' pay unlikely to spike fees

Town councils chief explains impact of new law, other factors on S&C fees

Published on Jan 27, 2014 7:01 AM
 
Housing Board residents need not worry that higher pay for cleaners alone will lead to higher service and conservancy (S&C) charges. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Housing Board residents need not worry that higher pay for cleaners alone will lead to higher service and conservancy (S&C) charges.

Town councils say that higher cleaning costs on their own will not lead to higher fees, as cleaning charges make up only a fraction of estate maintenance costs.

Rather, any fee hike would come because estate maintenance costs have risen and some town councils have not raised S&C fees in a decade.

Under a new law kicking in later this year, cleaning firms must pay cleaners minimum basic wages according to the jobs they do.

 
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