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.