Review of public assistance scheme payouts, sum may increase after price changes taken into account

The public assistance scheme is for destitute persons who cannot work permanently as a result of old age or illness, and have little or no family support.
The public assistance scheme is for destitute persons who cannot work permanently as a result of old age or illness, and have little or no family support.PHOTO: ST FILE

Exercise to take into account price changes of essential items and social workers' feedback

Those who are on public assistance may get more money each month after an ongoing review, which is expected to be done next year.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said it is reviewing the sum given out - which is to cover basic living expenses such as food, transport and rental - to those on the scheme. The review will take into account changes in the prices of essential items and feedback from community partners and front-line staff who work closely with the poor.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2018, with the headline 'Review of public assistance scheme payouts'. Print Edition | Subscribe