SINGAPORE: Financial assistance for the unemployed and low-income workers are set to increase as the COVID-19 outbreak unnerves businesses and employees across Singapore. "The best way to safeguard the well-being of our people is by supporting them to stay employed," said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Parliament on Thursday (Mar 26). "As the impact of COVID-19 on our economy deepens, some workers will lose their jobs or see their incomes significantly reduced. We will help them." UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS Between May and September this year, low- and middle-income workers who become unemployed can receive a grant of S$800 a month over three months as they look for a new job or undergo training under the COVID-19 Support Grant. Those who are eligible must not have a per capita household income of S$3,100 a month or live in a property with an annual value of S$21,000 or more, among other criteria. Beneficiaries can apply at their nearest social service offices (SSOs). READ: COVID-19 Resilience Budget: 'Landmark' S$48 billion package to tide Singapore through 'unprecedented' crisis READ: 10 things you need to know about Budget 2020 Residents who require help more urgently can tap on the Temporary Relief Fund, which… Read full this story
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