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Questions for Budget 2021: In the shift towards stronger social safety nets, what are the most pertinent gaps to address?

The Silver Support Scheme tops up the retirement income of the bottom 20 per cent of Singaporeans aged 65 and older.
The Silver Support Scheme tops up the retirement income of the bottom 20 per cent of Singaporeans aged 65 and older.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

SINGAPORE - The number of applications for two key Government financial aid schemes jumped by 26 per cent last year as Singapore was gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic.

About 83,000 applications were received for the ComCare Short-To-Medium Term Assistance Scheme and the ComCare Long-Term Assistance Scheme last year (2020), up from about 66,000 in 2019, said a Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) spokesman.

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