840,000 HDB homes to get utilities rebate

About 840,000 households in Housing Board flats will receive rebates this month to offset their utilities bills.
About 840,000 households in Housing Board flats will receive rebates this month to offset their utilities bills. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES

About 840,000 households in Housing Board flats will receive the next instalment of the GST Voucher- Utilities-Save (U-Save) rebate this month to offset their utilities bills.

The rebate, distributed every quarter, is one of three components of the permanent GST Voucher scheme, which aims to help lower- income Singaporeans.

In total, those living in one- and two-room HDB flats are able to offset about three to four months of utilities bills on average each year, using the U-Save rebate. They will receive $65 this month.

Those living in three- and four-room HDB flats are able to offset about one to two months of utilities bills on average.

Households in three-room flats will receive $60 this month and those in four-room flats, $55.

Those in five-room flats will receive $50 and those in executive or multi-generation flats, $45.

The total annual rebate thus ranges from $180 for those in executive or multi-generation flats, to $260 for those in one- or two-room flats.

Households with members who own more than one property are not eligible.

The U-Save rebate is expected to cost $190 million annually.

• For more information, call SP Services on 6671 7117, e-mail spservices@singaporepower.com.sg or visit www.gstvoucher.gov.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2016, with the headline '840,000 HDB homes to get utilities rebate'. Print Edition | Subscribe