Parliament: Singaporeans living in private homes can apply for government help

Besides broad-based schemes, the Government also has more targeted ones like GST Vouchers that subsidise the expenses of the lower-income group, said Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah on Wednesday (May 8) in Parliament.
Besides broad-based schemes, the Government also has more targeted ones like GST Vouchers that subsidise the expenses of the lower-income group, said Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah on Wednesday (May 8) in Parliament. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Citizens who live in private property can apply for government aid should they need help, said Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah on Wednesday (May 8) in Parliament.

She also cited broad-based schemes that are for all Singaporeans, regardless of the type of home they reside in. These include education assistance and being able to go to polyclinics for healthcare as well as the Merdeka Generation Package to help citizens born in the 1950s with their healthcare costs.

So, she added, it would be "too much of a generalisation to say that there is nothing for them at all in the Budget".

Ms Indranee was responding to Mr Lim Biow Chuan (Mountbatten) who asked whether the Government could do more to help asset-rich but cash-poor Singaporeans.

Besides broad-based schemes, the Government also has more targeted ones like GST Vouchers that subsidise the expenses of the lower-income group, she said.

"The ones who don't benefit from the broad-based schemes, we would encourage them to apply (when they have) a genuine need because the system does allow for appeals and consideration of particular circumstances,'' she said.

"They may have specific difficulties. We will address those on a case-by-case basis."

 

Mr Lim also asked for the number of Singaporeans who live in private property who do not have any declared income.

Ms Indranee said about 164,000 of these adult Singaporeans do not declare their income for the purpose of personal income tax.

The figure includes citizens who have retired with private savings or are receiving financial support from family members, she added.

They tend not to have a yearly income or they have non-taxable income from their investments, she said, adding that some are also not required to file tax returns after deductions and reliefs.