8 Aug 2012, 2.56PM
Over 6,000 households are expected to benefit from a new Foreign Domestic Worker Grant over the next five years when it comes into effect from October 2012. The grant aims to provide greater support to eligible families whose foreign domestic workers take care of family members who are frail or with moderate disabilities.
This new grant, which was first announced in March, gives eligible households a $120 monthly stipend to offset the costs of hiring a foreign domestic worker. The grant is given on top of the current levy concession of $95 a month for households with elderly family members above 65 years old.
To qualify, households must have a per capita monthly income of $2,200 or less and the elderly or disabled family member must have been assessed by a doctor as requiring help with some activities such as showering or feeding. Households, applying for the grant, will also be required to send their foreign domestic workers for relevant training in care giving.
The grant is now open for application and applicants for the grant can download the necessary forms from the Centre for Enabled Living’s website at www.cel.sg
or call the centre’s hotline at 1800-8585-885.
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