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Supporting you through COVID-19Supporting you through COVID-19<p> <em>(Please visit the Ministry of Finance website for the latest support measures announced in the </em> <a href="" target="_blank"> <em>2021 Budget Statement</em></a><em> on 16 February 2021) </em> <br></p><p>The COVID-19 outbreak has been a challenging time for both Singapore and many countries around the world. The Government has introduced various support measures for Singaporeans through the Unity, Resilience, Solidarity and Fortitude budgets, amounting to $100 billion. Below is a summary of the support measures that may be of relevance to you:</p><ul><li> <a href="#Singaporeans">Support for Singaporeans</a></li><li> <a href="#HomeOwners">Support for homeowners </a></li><li> <a href="#Healthcare">Support for healthcare needs</a></li><li> <a href="#SelfEmployed">Support for Self-Employed Persons</a></li><li> <a href="#Employers">Support for employers</a></li></ul><p> </p><p>At CPF Board, our thoughts go out to those affected by the outbreak. We hope that you are taking good care of yourself and loved ones and are staying safe during this period. We are committed to ensuring we continue serving our members and employers to the best of our abilities. </p><p>Together, we can tide through these difficult times. #SGUnited</p><p> </p><h3> <a href="#HomeOwners"></a> <a name="Singaporeans"></a>​​​​​​​​<strong>Support for Singaporeans</strong></h3><p>As part of the COVID-19 support package, the Government has introduced several measures to help support Singaporeans:</p><p> </p><p>Households:</p><ul><li>Solidarity Payment: All adult Singaporeans will each receive a $600 Solidarity Payment in April 2020. The other cash payouts under the Care and Support Package will be paid out in June 2020. For more information on the Solidary Payment, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></li> <br> <li>Additional GST Voucher: All eligible HDB households will receive double the regular U-Save this year. For larger households, they will receive 2.5 times more compared to their regular U-Save.</li></ul><p> </p><p>Lower-wage workers:</p><ul><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Workfare Special Payment</a>: Cash payment of $1,500 each in July and October 2020 for Singaporeans who received Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) payments for work done in 2019. Singaporeans who receive WIS for work done in 2020 but not for 2019 will receive a cash payment of $3,000 from October 2020.</li> <br> <li> <a href="" target="_blank">COVID-19 Support Grant</a>: Lower and middle-income Singaporeans who lose their jobs or experience reduced monthly salaries due to COVID-19 can apply for a cash grant of up to $800 a month for three months. Applications can be made from 4 May to 31 December 2020. </li></ul><p> </p><p>If you require employment assistance, you can get personalised job search assistance at Workforce Singapore’s Careers Connect. (<a href="/Assets/members/Documents/English_WSG_Poster.pdf" target="_blank">English PDF</a>, 0.1MB) (<a href="/Assets/members/Documents/Chinese_WSG_Poster.pdf" target="_blank">Chinese PDF</a>, 0.1MB) (<a href="/Assets/members/Documents/Malay_WSG_Poster.pdf" target="_blank">Malay PDF</a>, 0.1MB) (<a href="/Assets/members/Documents/Tamil_WSG_Poster.pdf" target="_blank">Tamil PDF</a>, 0.1MB)</p><p> </p><h3> <a name="HomeOwners"></a>​​​​​​​​<strong>Support for homeowners</strong></h3><p>The Government has worked with HDB and various banks to assist homeowners in their time of need. The measures, which include a deferment of monthly instalments for a period of time, could help with any concerns you may have regarding the repayment of your housing loan.</p><p>If you need help with your housing loan, you can reach out to your financier to discuss the options available to you. More details are available in this <a href="">FAQ</a>.</p><p> </p><h3> <a name="Healthcare"></a>​​​​​​​​<strong>Support for healthcare needs</strong></h3><p>To support safe distancing for patients, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has introduced a time-limited extension of Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) subsidy and use of MediSave for follow-ups of seven selected chronic conditions through video consultations. For details, please visit <a href="" target="_blank">MOH’s website</a>.</p><p> </p><h3> <a name="SelfEmployed"></a>​​​​​​​​<strong>Support for Self-Employed Persons</strong></h3><p>To help Self-Employed Persons (SEPs) through this difficult period, the Government has introduced some measures to support SEPs:</p><ul><li> <a href="" target="_blank">SEP Income Relief Scheme</a>: Eligible SEPs will receive three quarterly cash payouts of $3,000 each in May, July and October 2020. NTUC will start processing appeals from 20 April 2020.</li> <br> <li> <a href="" target="_blank">SEP Training Support Scheme</a>: Eligible SEPs can apply to NTUC to receive training allowance of $7.50 for every hour of training attended in April 2020, and $10 per hour for every hour of training attended from May to December 2020. </li></ul><p> </p><h3> <a name="Employers"></a>​​​​​​​​<strong>Support for employers</strong></h3><ul><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Enhanced Wage Credit Scheme</a>: Additional $500 million for employees’ wage increases, on top of $600 million disbursed in March 2020.</li> <br> <li> <a href="" target="_blank">Jobs Support Scheme</a>: To help retain your workers, the Government has co-funded the first $4,600 of gross monthly wages paid to each local employee for ten months, with payouts disbursed in April, May, July and October 2020. The scheme has been extended by up to seven months and there will be additional payouts in March and June 2021 for relevant firms.</li> <br> <li> <a href="" target="_blank">Senior Worker Support Package</a>: Supporting employers to adjust to the key recommendations by the Tripartite Workgroup on Older Workers through Senior Employment Credit, CPF Transition Offset, Senior Worker Early Adopter Grant, Part-time Re-employment Grant. </li></ul><p> </p><p>You can refer to these <a href="/Assets/common/Documents/Covid-19_FAQs_for_Employers.pdf" target="_blank">FAQs</a> (PDF, 0.1MB) if you need any clarifications on your CPF obligations as employers during the COVID-19 outbreak.</p><p> </p><h3> <a></a>Stay connected with us</h3><p>Counter services at CPF Service Centres are available from 2 June 2020 for CPF members by appointments only. For your safety and well-being, no walk-ins are allowed. All CPF services remain accessible online 24/7. You can also send your enquiries to us via <a href="">My Mailbox</a> by logging in to CPF website through SingPass, or by sending an enquiry through <a href="/writetous">Write to Us</a>. Alternatively, you can call our hotline 1800-227-1188 from 8.00am to 5.30pm, Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays), and 8.00am to 1.00pm on eves of Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year.</p><p>If you have urgent transactions, we strongly encourage you to <a href="">transact online via CPF website</a> or the <em>myCPF</em> mobile app. If you do not have a SingPass account or if you need to reset your password, you can register for one via <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. </p><p>For more information on our service channels, please visit the <a href="/members/Others/member-pages/advisory-1">CPF Customer Service Advisory</a>. </p><p>If you are an employer and need help to access our digital services, you can contact us through the channels listed in the <a href="/employers/Others/employer-pages/advisory-1">advisory for employers</a>.</p><p>For financial tips and other CPF-related information, do follow us on our social media channels and new podcast channel, Let’s Talk CPF:</p><ul><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> </li><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a> </li><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Youtube</a> </li><li> <a href="/podcast">Let’s Talk CPF podcast </a></li></ul>

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