Last Friday (May 28), the Ministry of Finance announced that low to middle income workers as well as self-employed workers who are financially affected by the latest Covid-19 restrictions could receive a one-time payment of up to S $ 700. a new temporary grant.
Under the Covid-19 (Temporary) Recovery Grant (CRG-T), eligible workers placed on involuntary leave without pay for at least one month from May 16 to June 30 can receive a one-time payment of up to $ 700.
During this time, those who have suffered an income loss of at least 50 percent for at least a month during the same period can receive a one-time payment of up to $ 500.
According to the MOF, the grant is part of a S $ 800 million support program that is being rolled out to help individuals and businesses during the heightened alert period of Phase 2. It is being introduced as the livelihoods of some workers in the food and beverage, retail, and sports and fitness industries have been affected.
The CRG-T is also a complement to the current Covid-19 Recovery Grant (CRG), which was launched on January 18 to support low to middle income workers and the self-employed affected by the pandemic.
The CRG, which was extended for three months in March, provides up to S $ 700 for three months to workers who have lost their jobs or been placed on involuntary unpaid leave due to Covid-19.
Who is eligible for CRG-T?
Applications for CRG-T will be open from June 3 to July 2.
The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said in a statement today that the eligibility criteria for CRG-T are similar to those for CRG, with two major differences.
First, applicants for the CRG-T must either experience a loss of income of at least 50% for one month or be placed on involuntary leave without pay for at least one month between May 16 and June 30. This compares to an average loss of income of at least 50 percent or involuntary leave without pay for at least three consecutive months for MAF applicants.
Second, CRG-T applicants do not need to show proof of job search or training, unlike CRG applicants.
MSF said individuals cannot receive CRG and CRG-T simultaneously, as CRG-T is for those who do not receive support in June 2021.
Likewise, people who currently receive support from other Covid-19 support programs, such as the Covid-19 Driver Relief Fund, are not eligible for CRG-T.
Social and Family Development Minister Masagos Zulkifli said in a Facebook post that “after CRG-T aid ends, CRG-T beneficiaries could still benefit from CRG support if they continue to have need help and meet the eligibility criteria. ”
Applications for CRG remain open until December 31.
More details are available here. The CRG-T application portal will open this Thursday at 9:00 a.m. and close at 11:59 p.m. on July 2.
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