More than 1 million households claimed CDC vouchers in 3 weeks: Low Yen Ling

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SINGAPORE: More than 1 million Singaporean households claimed their Community Development Council (CDC) vouchers within three weeks of their launch, Minister of State for Trade and Industry Low Yen Ling said on Wednesday (Jan 25).

That is more than 80 per cent of households in Singapore, she said, adding that the speed and rate at which the vouchers have been claimed “speaks to the positive reception” of the scheme.

The CDC Vouchers Scheme 2023, which marked the third tranche of digitally distributed vouchers, was launched on Jan 3.

“We have received positive and favourable feedback because this amount is an increased amount,” Ms Low told CNA938 during a Tech Talk segment 

Each Singaporean household was given S$300 that can be used at heartland stores and hawker stalls and five supermarket chains. Households were given S$100 each in the previous digitally distributed tranches.

Giving an update on the previous two tranches, Ms Low, who is also chairman of the Mayors' Committee and mayor of the South West District, said that 97.5 per cent of the 1.22 million Singaporean households claimed the vouchers amounting to S$222 million.

The vouchers go “a long way” to defray the household expenses of Singaporeans, she said.

“At the same time, the way that it is designed in partnership with GovTech and many other government agencies, it actually catalyses spending in the heartland enterprises and also the hawkers,” she said.

There are 20,300 merchants and hawkers across the island who are on the scheme, Ms Low added.

DESIGNING THE VOUCHER SCHEME

The vouchers were distributed digitally for the first time in December 2021, with 1.3 million households receiving S$100 each. More vouchers were disbursed in May last year.

Ms Charmaine Lee from GovTech said the vouchers were designed to be inclusive.

“It's a really intentio...

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