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Over 6,000 Households with Frail or Disabled Family Members to Benefit from Foreign Domestic Worker Grant

date:Aug 10,2012 source: editorial staff:linan clicks:

Over the next five years, more than 6,000 households are expected to benefit from the Foreign Domestic Worker Grant (FDWG) of $120 per month when it comes into effect from October 2012.  The grant aims to provide greater support to eligible families whose foreign domestic workers take care of family members who are frail or with moderate disabilities.  The grant is now open for application.
The grant was first announced by Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Mdm Halimah Yacob, at the MCYS Committee of Supply debate in March this year.  The estimated budget over the next five years is $25 million.  Mdm Halimah said, “This grant will help alleviate the cost of families who hire Foreign Domestic Workers to take care of frail or disabled family members.  As caring for the frail elderly and disabled can be challenging, I also hope that more families will send their foreign domestic workers for training so that they can be better equipped to serve as caregivers.”
Eligibility Criteria
To qualify, households must have a per capita monthly income of $2,200 or less. For households with no income, the annual value of their property should be less than $13,000. The foreign domestic worker must take care of an elderly person or person with disabilities who have been assessed as having at least moderate disabilities by a panel of General Practitioners (GPs) i.e. they require assistance with some Activities of Daily Living such as showering or bathing, feeding, dressing, toileting, transferring or mobility

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