On 18 February 2020, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat announced the “Unity” Budget, which included measures to cushion the impact of COVID-19 for families. Subsequently, on 26 March, DPM Heng announced a supplementary “Resilience” Budget to further support families ride through the COVID-19 pandemic.

An additional supplementary “Solidarity” Budget was announced on 6 April 2020, which will further help families tide through the Circuit Breaker phase between 7 April and 4 May 2020.

Here’s a recap of the Government support for families, from the Unity Budget and Resilience Budget, as well as the latest from the Solidarity Budget.

Unity Budget [announced 18 Feb 2020]

Support for Families

• One-off cash payout from $100-$300, depending on income
• Additional $100 cash payout for each parent with a child below 21
• $100 Grocery Voucher for Singaporeans in need
• $100 PAssion Card top-up for Singaporeans aged 50 years and above
• GST Voucher – U-Save for all Singaporean households doubled, families of 5 or more members get more

Related article: Budget 2020: Cushioning the impact of COVID-19

Resilience Budget [announced 26 Mar 2020]

Support for Families

1. Help with daily expenses
• One-off cash payout tripled, from $100-$300 to $300 to $900
• Additional cash payout for each parent with a child below 21 tripled, from $100 to $300
• Enhanced Workfare Special Payment of $3,000 this year for lower-wage workers
• Grocery Voucher for Singaporeans in need tripled, from $100 to $300 this year
• $100 PAssion Card top-up for Singaporeans aged 50 years and above in cash instead

2. Strengthening our network of support
• Double grants to Self-Help Groups to $20 million over two years
• Increase additional grant to Community Development Councils (CDCs), from $2 million to $75 million
• $25 million NTUC Care Fund (COVID-19)
• Up to $300 of one-off relief to low- to middle- income eligible union members
• $4 million top-up to the Self-Employed Person Training Support Scheme

3. Greater flexibility on fees and loans
• One-year freeze on all government fees and charges, from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
• One-year suspension of university and polytechnic student loan repayment and interest charges, from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2021
• Three-month suspension of late payment charges on HDB mortgage arrears

Related article: 3 ways the Resilience Budget 2020 will help families ride through COVID-19

Solidarity Budget [announced 6 Apr 2020]

Every adult Singaporean will receive an additional $300 cash payout. This is on top of the $300 to $900 cash payment of the Care and Support package announced in the Resilience Budget.

The payment of the first tranche of the Care and support Package will also be brought forward to April 2020.

Here’s when you can expect to receive the cash payments:

Assessable Income for Year of Assessment 2019 Additional + Enhanced Cash Payments Total Cash Payments Payment in April 2020 Payment in June 2020
Not more than $28k $300 + $900 $1,200 $600 $600
Above $28k to $100k $300 + $600 $900 $600 $300
or owns more than 1 property
$300 + $300 $600 $600 -

All other payments from Resilience Budget will remain, and will be brought forward to June 2020 instead of August 2020:

• Remaining $300 or $600 from the Care and Support package
• $300 additional cash payout for each parent with a child below 21
• $100 PAssion Card top-up for Singaporeans aged 50 years and above

Additional support for those who need it

If you need additional support, please approach the Social Service Offices and Community Centres to apply for new schemes, such as the Temporary Relief Fund and the upcoming COVID-19 Support Grant (available from May 2020), as well as existing ComCare schemes.

For more on Budget 2020, visit www.singaporebudget.gov.sg.

View the Budget booklets here

This is an unprecedented budget, for extraordinary times. The situation remains highly fluid and uncertain. The Government stands ready to provide further support, should it become necessary.
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