Please refer to Mr Alan Ong’s and Mdm Chen Shi Ning’s letters ‘More benefit with multi-tier approach’ and ‘Consider number of kids, not just household income‘ (The Straits Times, 25 Feb 2013).
We agree with Mr Ong and Mdm Chen that larger families with more dependents may need more help with the costs of infant and child care. Larger families may wish to have their subsidies assessed on a per capita income (PCI) basis. Those with incomes exceeding $7,500 may still qualify for the Additional Subsidy if their PCI is $1,875 or less.
Mdm Chen also asked how a change in income might affect eligibility for the Additional Subsidy. We will re-assess household incomes every two years to minimise the disruption to families from frequent changes to subsidy amounts due to changes in income. Those families who wish to have their subsidy amounts reviewed can apply to have their incomes re-assessed at any time.
Child Care Division
Ministry of Social and Family Development