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Budget 2014: More support for persons with disabilities

Support for individuals with handicapped dependants will receive a boost. Starting from YA2015, reliefs for those caring for a handicapped spouse, sibling or child will be increased by S$2,000. This measure will benefit about 11,500 taxpayers.

SINGAPORE: Support for individuals with handicapped dependants will receive a boost.

Starting from YA2015, reliefs for those caring for a handicapped spouse, sibling or child will be increased by S$2,000.

This measure will benefit about 11,500 taxpayers.

To reduce the cost of transport for the disabled community, there will be subsidies of up to 80 per cent for those who need dedicated transport services to access school and care services.

This will apply to the lower two-thirds of households.

For those who rely on taxis, a new Taxi Subsidy Scheme will subsidise those in the lower half of households up to 50 per cent of the cost.

All Singaporean children with special needs who are enrolled in the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) will see their universal base subsidy raised from S$300 to S$500 a month.

Subsidies will also be enhanced so that more middle-income households can benefit.

Those earning above the median income will now benefit from a further 20-50 per cent subsidy, in addition to the enhanced S$500 base subsidy.

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said in his Budget statement on Friday: "For example, after the enhancements, a middle-income household with per capita income of S$1,875 would pay less than S$300 per month - compared to S$600 previously, depending on the service their child requires.

“Lower-income households will also see a decrease in monthly expenses. They will now pay a nominal monthly fee as low as S$3, down from S$50 a month today." 


Budget 2014 Statement (PDF 496.09KB)

Budget 2014 In Brief (Ministry of Finance) (PDF 1.76MB)

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