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Vouchers for the poor to offer more choices

Published on Sep 16, 2012 6:00 AM

Instead of just food vouchers, the North-East Community Development Council (CDC) will give needy residents vouchers, which they can use to pay for haircuts, fresh fruit from markets or even a mobile phone.

This will not only give them more choices in how they use the vouchers but also benefit mom-and-pop shops in the heartland that participate in the scheme. The move was announced on Saturday by the Citizens Consultative Committee for Bedok Reservoir-Punggol.

The committee's chairman, Mr Victor Lye, said the scheme will be open to residents with a gross household income of under $2,500. Applicants will have to apply for the vouchers through the North-East CDC, and be assessed for suitability.

These community vouchers, as they are called, will come in denominations of $2, $5 and $10. Residents who receive the vouchers can use them to pay for selected goods and services from participating businesses. The North-East CDC will then reimburse the businesses for the items paid for with the vouchers.

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