Highlights: Heng Swee Keat delivers Fortitude Budget to support Singaporeans amid COVID-19 pandemic

Highlights: Heng Swee Keat delivers Fortitude Budget to support Singaporeans amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat addresses Parliament detailing additional support measures to help Singaporeans cope amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivered the Fortitude Budget in Parliament on Tuesday (May 26), setting aside S$33 billion to help Singaporeans and businesses tide through the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the fourth support package this year.

Together with the Unity, Resilience and Solidarity Budgets announced earlier, Singapore is dedicating close to S$100 billion - or almost 20 per cent of its GDP - to support its people during this crisis.

"This is a landmark package, and a necessary response to an unprecedented crisis," said Mr Heng. 

READ: S$33b Fortitude Budget aimed at providing jobs, supporting workers and firms through 'difficult period' of COVID-19

Key measures announced include an extension of the Jobs Support Scheme. Wages subsidies of up to 75 per cent for local employees will be extended for one more month for all companies.

In addition, more than 40,000 jobs will be created in the public and private sectors, with the Government bringing forward hiring in sectors such as healthcare and childhood education.

To support families, households with at least one Singapore citizen will get a one-off S$100 credit in their utilities bill. This will cover all property types and will be credited in the July or August utilities bill.

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Source: CNA/ly

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