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Fortitude Budget 2020 for Businesses

 
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat delivered a Ministerial Statement in Parliament on Tue 26 May 2020, outlining the Government's plans in our continuing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Singapore’s supplementary Fortitude Budget takes further steps in: 
 
  1. Protecting Livelihoods and Transforming Businesses,
  2. Supporting Households and Building an inclusive community; and
  3. Enabling us to emerge stronger together
 
The Government will devote $33 billion to provide continued assistance for affected businesses and workers to enable them to adapt, transform and seize new opportunities to emerge stronger. Among the key measures, the Government will:
 
Further strengthen support for businesses to reopen safely after the circuit breaker lifts by focusing on the 3Cs – cash, costs, and credit:
 
  • Extend the Job Support Scheme (JSS) 
  • Extend Foreign Worker Levy waiver and rebate for up to two months for construction, marine and offshore, and process sectors 
  • Defer the planned increase in CPF contribution rates for senior workers by one year from 1 Jan 2021 to 1 Jan 2022 
  • Expand rental relief for SMEs 
  • Extend rental relief for government tenants 
  • Enhance financing support for promising startups 
  • Provide sector-specific support 
 
The Emerging Stronger Taskforce will work with the Future Economy Council to study how sectors can adjust to the upcoming changes.
 
Build on the momentum of digital transformation

o   Provide support for companies on e-payments
o   Digital Resilience Bonus to help businesses digitalise and incorporate advanced solutions.
 
  • Launch the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package to create jobs, traineeships and skills training. 
 
  • Expand hiring incentives to cover workers of all ages. 
 
Given the exceptional nature of the COVID-19 crisis, the Government has secured the President’s in-principle support to further draw an additional $31 billion from past reserves to fund the enhanced measures in this Budget. To meet the unprecedented level of uncertainty due to COVID-19, an additional $13 billion will be set aside in the Contingencies Fund.
 
For full statements on the Fortitude Budget, click here
 
Fortitude Budget 2020
 
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