880,000 households to get GST Vouchers

About 880,000 Singaporean households will receive GST Vouchers of up to $95 to offset part of their utilities bills this month, said the Ministry of Finance (MOF) yesterday.

Households in one-and two-room HDB flats will receive $95, while families in three-room flats will receive $85, and those in four-room flats will get $75, said MOF. Families living in five-room flats will get $65, and those in executive or multi-generation homes will get $55. Households whose members own more than one property are not eligible for this GST Voucher.

The annual Utilities-Save rebate, one of three components under the permanent GST Voucher scheme, is distributed every three months and aims to help lower overall household expenses.

The rebate has helped households in one-and two-room HDB flats receive support equivalent to about three to four months of their utilities bills on average a year, said the MOF. For households in three-and four-room HDB flats, the annual rebate helps to support about one to two months of utilities bills.

The rebate is expected to cost $265 million over a year, starting from July, said the MOF.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2017, with the headline '880,000 households to get GST Vouchers'. Print Edition | Subscribe