SINGAPORE: The second outlay of Budget 2020 food vouchers will be delivered to the homes of 150,000 eligible recipients, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced on Sunday (December 6).
The ministry said it has arranged with Singapore Post for two deliveries to those eligible for the vouchers.
“We will deliver up to two home deliveries to recipients. The first delivery will be made over four Saturdays, from December 12, 2020 to January 2, 2021, by postcode,” MOF said.
“If no one is at home to receive the vouchers on first delivery, we will make a second delivery between the following Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).”
MOF added: “If the vouchers are not distributed after both attempts, we will leave recipients with a delivery notification card to collect their food vouchers at a specified post office within 10 working days.”
Announced in the Feb. 18 Budget, the food vouchers aim to “help less affluent Singaporeans with their home costs during this time of extraordinary economic uncertainty”, says MOF.
Singaporeans aged 21 and over this year who live in 1 and 2-room HDB flats, and do not own more than one property, are eligible for these vouchers.
All eligible recipients receive S $ 300 worth of food vouchers in 2020 – S $ 150 each in October and late 2020 – and another S $ 100 in October 2021. Food vouchers will be automatically allocated, and will receive their vouchers individually.
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SPORTS OF THEFTS OF BUDGET 2020 GROCERY VOUCHERS
The new delivery method, says MOF, considered feedback and learning points from the October payment.
“It seeks to better balance security, security and convenience for recipients,” the ministry said.
The first batch of vouchers, each worth S $ 150, was mailed in October to the 150,000 Singaporeans by registered registered mail. But there has been a torrent of arrests after stealing some of these vouchers from letterboxes in HDB blocks across Singapore.
Last month, Second Finance Minister Indranee Rajah told Parliament that less than 0.2 per cent, or 229 sets, of Budget 2020 food vouchers posted out were reported stolen on October 28.
Ms Indranee said that the “vast majority” of food vouchers had reached the intended recipients “smoothly”.
Based on investigations by Singapore Police, the thefts appear to be “opportunistic and the cases are unrelated”, he added, noting that in some cases the letterboxes were left unlocked.
On Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said he hoped the second tranche of vouchers would provide “extra help” during this “challenging time”.
“In these challenging times, we know that household expenses may be weighing on the minds of less well-off families,” he said.
“Earlier we had distributed the first tranche of food vouchers in October which helped to pay the recipients’ home costs. Hopefully the second round of vouchers will provide additional support.”
Budget 2020 food vouchers can be used at the following participating supermarkets: FairPrice, Giant, Prime and Sheng Siong.