30% seeking shorter-term government aid rejected

Last year, 10 per cent of the rejected Short-to-Medium-Term Assistance applications, or 1,551 applications, were not approved because the family was deemed to have sufficient savings.
Last year, 10 per cent of the rejected Short-to-Medium-Term Assistance applications, or 1,551 applications, were not approved because the family was deemed to have sufficient savings.PHOTO: ST FILE

Applicants either had enough money, withdrew applications or could not be reached, says MSF

About 30 per cent of those applying for short-to medium-term government financial aid were rejected in the past three years, although almost all the requests for long-term assistance were approved.

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) gave these figures to The Straits Times, and this is believed to be the first time such data has been made public.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2019, with the headline '30% seeking shorter-term govt aid rejected'. Print Edition | Subscribe