The government will extend the Covid-19 Support Grant (CSG) until December 2020 to help Singaporeans who are unemployed or have suffered significant income losses, Minister Heng Swee Keat said.
The CSG was introduced in May to complement the ComCare program. It has benefited more than 60,000 residents and more than $ 90 million has been paid out to date.
He added that the extension will be open to both existing CSG recipients and new applicants from October 1st. Unemployed applicants must provide evidence that they have a job search or training effort in order to qualify.
The Ministry of Social and Family Development will provide further details in early September.
He also said the government would continue to work closely with tripartite partners to assist displaced persons, including updating the Tripartite Opinion on Managing Surplus Labor and Responsible Withdrawal to incorporate the NTUC's proposed framework for fair defuse.
The government is also examining how employees and self-employed workers who are most at risk can continue to receive support.
Help for low wage workers
Mr. Heng said another group that Singapore needs to watch out for are low-wage workers. Many of them are key workers who kept Singapore going through the crisis, he noted.
Currently, those working under the Workfare Income Supplement program for Work in 2019 are eligible for a $ 3,000 Bonus.
He announced that he would extend the eligibility of the labor bonus to those who did not receive an unemployment benefit supplement last year, but received or will receive it for work done this year.
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