Why can’t the formula to determine the amount of financial assistance for short and medium-term assistance under ComCare be disclosed?

I refer to the article “More families depending on long-term financial aid from Government to get by: MSF” (Straits Times, Oct 5).

It states that “Increasing numbers of seniors who cannot work due to old age or illness and a lack of family support are behind the steady increase in the number of families receiving long-term financial aid.

There were 4,409 households on the government scheme run by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) in the 2017 financial year, up from 4,387 families in the preceding 12 months.

The 2017 figure was 24 per cent more than the 3,568 families on the scheme in 2013.

The ComCare fund gave out $131 million to 79,470 individuals in the 12 months to March 31 this year (2018), a slight increase on the $130 million disbursed to 83,353 beneficiaries in the 2016 financial year.

The long- term assistance scheme, also known as public assistance, is meant for destitute individuals who permanently cannot work due to old age or illness, and have little or no family support.

A one-person household on the scheme gets a monthly sum of $500, while two-person households get $870. They also enjoy a host of other aid such as free treatment at polyclinics.”

As to “Social workers said the sums disbursed started from a few hundred dollars a month” –

So, what does a few humdred dollars mean? $200, $300 a month?

Why is it that the media as well as the Government never disclose the actual amount of financial assistance to individuals and families, or the formula to determine the amount of assistance?

Since the formula for long-term financial assistance is public information – why is it that for short and medium-term financial assistance is not?

With regard to “There were 27,986 households on this scheme in the 2017 financial year, which ended on March 31 this year” – I am unable to find the FY2017 report in the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s (MSF) web site.

According to the FY2016 report –

28,409 unique households assisted with ComCare Short-to-Medium-Term Assistance in
FY2016
• 65,910 unique individuals assisted with ComCare Short-to-Medium-Term Assistance in FY2016
• $84.07 million disbursed in FY2016″.

So, does it mean that the estimated financial assistance per beneficiary per month is only about $106 ($84.07 million divided by 65,910 individuals divided by 12 months)?

Isn’t the above information, arguably, in the public interest, and in line with the online falsehoods’ committee’s recommendation that the Government should give the reasons for decisions not to disclose information to the public, and to gain the public’s trust?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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4 Responses to “Why can’t the formula to determine the amount of financial assistance for short and medium-term assistance under ComCare be disclosed?”

  • LIONS:

    NO NEED COMPLEX ROCKET SCIENCE OR THIS OR THAT EXCUSES!

    WHY WHEN COME TO COLLECTING MORE MONEY,THEY ARE SO PROMPT AND DETERMINED???

    IT IS JUST THAT THE GREEDY GAHMEN REFUSE TO OFFER SINCERE HELP TO THE NEEDY AND IMPOVERISHED ESPECIALLY JOBLESS SGS AND THE RETIRED.

    TAKE SIMPLE CASE.
    COE.

    WHY WHEN COLLECTING COE,LTA VERY SUPER-DUPER EFFCIENT.
    BUT WHEN YOU WANT TO SCRAP YOUR CAR,YOU MUST “SELL’ YOUR COE TO OTHERS?
    WHY CANT LTA DO THE DIRECT REFUND OF BALANCE AND JUST DO THE REQUIRED COE QUOTA ADJUSTMENTS?

    I SAY FARK THE SCHOLARS ESPECIALLY THOSE FOREIGN KIDS TURNED NEW SHITIZENS/PRs who are formulating public policies from coe to HDB AND EVEN CPF.

    FARK YLOU VERY VERY VERY MUCH!

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  • Make it easy to ask for help:

    Need to make it easy to help the needy..cut down the paperwork and tedious assessment process…
    Be flexible and give enough for basic survival for the needy…
    Definitely can do more…

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  • HarderTruths:

    ComCare? F*ckCare!

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    Another good reason for REGIME CHANGE.

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