900,000 households to get GST vouchers of up to $95 for utilities bill in July

Families living in four-room HDB flats will receive $75, those in five-room flats, $65, and those in executive or multi-generation flats, $55. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - About 900,000 Singaporean households will receive a GST Voucher to offset part of their utilities bills in July.

Households in one- and two-room Housing Board flats will receive $95, while those in three-room flats will get $85, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday (July 2).

Families living in four-room flats will receive $75, those in five-room flats, $65, and those in executive or multi-generation flats, $55.

Households whose members own more than one property are not eligible for this GST (goods and services tax) Voucher.

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

The rebate is expected to cost the Government $280 million in a year, starting from July 2018.

Through this scheme, households in one- and two-room HDB flats will be able to receive support equivalent to about three to four months of their utilities bills on average.

Those living in three-and four-room flats will be given support equivalent to one to two months of utilities bills, the ministry said.

It was previously announced in Budget 2018 that eligible households will receive an additional $20 a year for three years, from next year to 2021.

This amount is aimed at helping households adjust to the carbon tax when it is implemented from 2019.

"The increase in U-Save will cover the expected average increase in electricity and gas expenses for Housing Board households arising from the introduction of the carbon tax," the ministry added.

The public can call SP Group on 6671-7117 or e-mail customersupport@spgroup.com.sg for more information on the U-Save rebate.

More information on the GST Voucher can be found at www.gstvoucher.gov.sg

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