Support for Our Workers

28 Apr 2020 2 min read

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With the extension of the Circuit Breaker to 1st June, Singapore workers (Singaporeans and Permanent Residents) continue to worry about their incomes and jobs security. DPM and Finance Minister, Heng Swee Keat has assured that the Government “will do all that is necessary to get workers and companies hit hard by this global health crisis, back on their feet. “

This assurance includes schemes to aid all workers, especially our lower- wage workers. Check out below for a compiled list of assistance for your easy reference.

Covid-19 Support Grant

This grant supports workers who have lost their job due to the economic impact from the virus. It provides individuals with a monthly cash grant of $800 for three months. Application opens on 1st May 2020 and individuals may apply at the nearest SSO or CC.

More information available here.

Enhanced Care and Support Package

On top of the one-off payment of $600 in April, eligible Singaporeans can look forward to another $300 or $600 in June which was announced in the Resilience Budget.

If you are a parent with at least one Singaporean child aged 20 years and below this year, you will also receive an additional $300.

As part of this package, Singaporeans aged 50 years and above will also receive $100 in cash for their Passion Card Top-Up.

More information available here.

Workfare Income Supplement (WIS)

Only applicable for Singapore citizens, this scheme benefits an employee and the self-employed age 35 years old and above, earning $2,300 or less for their gross monthly income. Persons with disabilities also qualify for this scheme.

More information available here.

Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS)

The Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) is targeted for Self-Employed persons during this extraordinary economic uncertainty.

SEPs who are 37 years old and over who declared positive Net Trade Income to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore / CPF Board for Work Year 2018 will automatically receive SIRS.

Eligible SEPs will receive $3,000 in May, July and October 2020.

More information and application here.

You may download the compiled list here to share with someone you know who could benefit from the schemes above. We have also compiled a Virtual Resource Pack for Businesses and Workers, and for Singaporeans in need of financial assistance or seeking help for their mental well-being amid the anxiety of Covid-19 here.

Together, we can overcome!