17 May '11, 9am

Eligible S'poreans get first instalment of workfare bonus

Eligible S'poreans get first instalment of workfare bonus

SINGAPORE: Some 400,000 low-income Singaporeans will get the Workfare Special Bonus this year. Many would have received the first of four instalments on Sunday. Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong said the bonus, paid fully in cash, is to help low-income Singaporeans cope with the rising cost of living and provide them with an additional incentive to work. The Workfare Special Bonus is expected to cost the government about S$450 million over three years, and is part of the S$3.2 billion Grow & Share Package announced in this year's Budget. Rabiah Konson, 45, cycles to work every day to save on transport cost. What she saves goes to pay for her children's transport expenses. Surviving on a combined monthly salary of about S$2,300, she and her husband struggle to make ends meet. So, she said the S$462 she will receive in cash under the Workfare Special Bonus comes at a good time....

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