NMP, experts call for review of how disability is defined

They say mental health conditions should be regarded as disability for govt help schemes

The Special Employment Credit scheme offers a monthly wage subsidy of about $200 to employers for every employee with a disability who is hired, like Ms Carmen Tan Yin Xin (left), 23, and Ms Rachael Lum Yuan Ting, 19, who work at Foreword Coffee. But
The Special Employment Credit scheme offers a monthly wage subsidy of about $200 to employers for every employee with a disability who is hired, like Ms Carmen Tan Yin Xin (left), 23, and Ms Rachael Lum Yuan Ting, 19, who work at Foreword Coffee. But the scheme excludes staff with mental health issues because such conditions do not fall into Singapore's definition of a disability.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Since setting up speciality coffee company Foreword Coffee in 2017, Mr Lim Wei Jie and his employees have benefited from a scheme that subsidises the wages of employees with disabilities.

Every month, the Special Employment Credit (SEC) scheme offers a subsidy of about $200 to the company for every employee with a disability who is hired, which offsets that worker's salary.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2019, with the headline 'NMP, experts call for review of how disability is defined'. Print Edition | Subscribe