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Waz the point of Social Service Office and Comcare?

In CPF, Public Administration on 17/06/2018 at 10:54 am

When “Got CPF income” is the excuse for the PAP govt not helping a man in need?

“Got CPF income,” man told: so no help from Social Service Office or ComCare.

So CPF money is not yr money, isit? Going by this, how can the PAP govt dare say “CPF money is your money”?  Govt money isit?

 

Whether he gets aid or not from ComCare or the Social Welfare Office, should not depend on his monthly CPF payout because this payout is from his own savings, doled out to him in drips and drabs, instead of being returned the full saved sum to him, as was once promised, a long time ago. It cannot be considered income. 

Damage control at work but BS missing the point

MSF posted the following on FB on Saturday afternoon. Wah civil servants that hard-working meh?. Feel free to skip the BS and read my take.

Hi everyone

You may have come across a post recently about a ComCare applicant who did not qualify for ComCare Long Term Assistance (LTA).

We would like to share more about the case and our LTA scheme.

The applicant, Mr T, was referred to the Social Service Office (SSO) at Toa Payoh for assistance in Feb 2018.

The SSO assessed Mr T’s needs. To determine how much further assistance he required, the SSO considered his sources of income, money received and support provided by family, friends and the community.

Mr T has been receiving the following support:

1. The monthly rent for his HDB 2-room rental flat of $50 a month (shared by him and 2 other tenants), as well as conservancy fees, are paid for by a Buddhist Temple.

2. Mr T’s weekly kidney dialysis charges are fully covered by National Kidney Foundation (NKF).

3. His taxi trips to the dialysis centre are fully subsidised by an NKF taxi card.

4. The SSO is working with NKF to assess whether he needs more support when he travels to and from his dialysis appointments.

5. He receives full subsidy for his medical treatment at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).

6. TOUCH Home Care provides him 2 daily meals, under MOH’s programme, which are delivered to his home every day.

7. The Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) provides Mr T with monthly food rations.

8. Mr T receives monthly payouts of $620 a month from his CPF Retirement Account, which is sufficient for around 3 years.

9. He receives an additional $550 a month from a close friend who lives overseas.

10. From Feb to Apr 2018, the Toa Payoh Central Grassroots Organisations also provided Mr T with financial assistance, and visited Mr T.

Based on his daily expenses, monies received, and the community support provided, the SSO assessed that Mr T did not currently require ComCare LTA. However, the SSO will reassess his needs if circumstances change, and work with agencies and community partners to support him.

ComCare LTA provides long-term support to those who are unable to work due to old age, illness or disability, have limited or no means of income, and have little or no family support. As part of our ComCare assessment, we take into consideration the needs of the individual or household, as well as monies received and overall support rendered by the Government, the community, family and friends to the applicant. This reflects our partnership approach that involves the community and families

Members of the public who know of someone in need can call the ComCare hotline at 1800-222-0000 or approach the nearest MSF SSO (www.msf.gov.sg/ssolocator) or Family Service Centre (www.msf.gov.sg/fsclocator) for help.

He gets help from MOH, hospital and NGOs. Bugger all from ComCare or Social Service Office. So waz the point of these? Ownself create work for ownself so that Ownself pay ownself isit?

Why liddat?

Whatever, the explanation doesn’t answer why “Ownself money” makes one ineligible for financial assistance from Social Service Office or ComCare.

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