Around 800,000 Singaporean households living in Housing Board flats will get about $80 million in service and conservancy charges (S&CC) rebates this year, with the first tranche of the rebates being disbursed this month.
The total rebate for the year ranges from a sum covering one month for those living in executive flats, to that of three months for those living in one- and two-room flats. Eligible households will receive letters this month with more details.
Announced in Budget 2014, these rebates are meant to help households cope with increases in the cost of living, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Tuesday.
They will be disbursed in April, July and October this year, and will directly offset a household's S&CC payment.
This month, those living in one- to four-room flats will receive a one-month rebate - meaning that they do not have to pay their S&CC for this month - while those in five-room and executive flats will get a half-month rebate.
For households who pay their S&CC through Giro or any electronic mode of payment, town councils will arrange with the banks to take the rebates into account.
In a blog post, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said that S&CC rebates and grants were "a good practical way to help Singaporeans with cost of living".
Besides the rebates, annual S&CC grants of $90 million will also be disbursed under Budget 2014.
Residents with questions about their S&CC payment and account status can contact their respective town councils. They can also call 1800-8663078 or email email@example.com to check if their households are eligible for the rebates.