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940,000 HDB households to get GST voucher rebate for utilities bills in January 2021

SINGAPORE — A total of 940,000 Singaporean households living in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats will receive the next instalment of the GST Voucher U-Save rebate this month, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Saturday (Jan 2).

940,000 HDB households to get GST voucher rebate for utilities bills in January 2021

A total of 940,000 Singaporean households living in public housing flats will receive the next instalment of the GST Voucher U-Save rebate in January 2021.

SINGAPORE — A total of 940,000 Singaporean households living in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats will receive the next instalment of the GST Voucher U-Save rebate this month, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Saturday (Jan 2).

Of these households, about 155,000 larger families with five or more members will receive two-and-a-half times their regular U-Save rebates in the 2020 financial year, MOF said.

U-Save rebates help households in HDB flats with part of their utilities bills.

This is the fourth U-Save payment for the financial year, with the first three payments made in April, July and October last year.

All Singaporean HDB households will receive double their regular U-Save rebates this financial year, MOF added.

Typically, households in one-room and two-room HDB flats receive annual U-Save rebates that come to about three to four months of their utilities bills. Together with the U-Save special payment given earlier this year, these households will receive rebates equivalent to at least six to eight months of their utilities bills, MOF said.

Households in three-room and four-room HDB flats normally receive support equivalent to about one to two months of their utilities bills. They will now get support totalling at least two to four months of their bills.

Details of the regular GST U-Save voucher and special payment. Table: Ministry of Finance

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said in a Facebook post on Saturday: “I hope the higher payouts can better defray household expenses and will bring some cheer to families as we look forward to a new year.”

The permanent GST Voucher scheme was rolled out in 2012 to help lower-income and middle-income households offset part of their utilities bill and lower their household expenses.

The voucher comprises three components: Cash, MediSave and U-Save.

The regular U-Save rebates are disbursed every three months. The extra rebates are part of the Government's Care and Support Package announced as part of Budget 2020.

In all, the Government will disburse S$630 million in U-Save rebates this financial year. CNA

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