More needy people in Singapore, but assistance from government drops?

By: Leong Sze Hian

I refer to the article “$130m given to 87,000 beneficiaries under ComCare” which states that a total of $130 million was distributed. This marks a 10% increase from last year.

The number of households assisted under the ComCare Short-to-Medium Term Assistance scheme – which makes up the majority of those under ComCare increased by 109% from 14,087 in FY2011 to 29,511 in FY2015.

Despite the increase substantial in those who require assistance, did the average assistance decreased by 25% in the past 5 years?

For FY2012, $24.45 million was disbursed to 6,123 households for the Short Term assistance while $17.4 million was disbursed to 4,423 households for Medium Term assistance. This makes and average of $3,993 and $3,934 respectively.

In FY2015, $87.88 million was disbursed in to 29,511 households. This  works out to an average assistance of $2,978 per household, or a decrease of about 25% from FY2012.

If we adjust for inflation from 2011 to 2015 – the decrease may be even more pronounced.

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