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Silver Support Scheme

The Silver Support Scheme provides additional support for elderly Singaporeans who had low incomes through life and who now have little or no family support. There is no need to apply for Silver Support.

Who is it for

The Silver Support Scheme is targeted at the bottom 20% of Singaporeans aged 65 and above.

To be eligible for Silver Support, you must be a Singapore citizen aged 65 and above, and must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Total CPF contributions of not more than $70,000 by age 55. Self-employed persons should also have an average annual net trade income of not more than $22,800 when you were between the age of 45 and 54.
  • Live in an HDB flat that is 5-room or smaller.
  • Not own, and not have a spouse who owns, a 5-room or larger HDB flat or private property or multiple properties.
  • Live in a household with a monthly income per person of not more than $1,100.

Singaporeans will be automatically assessed for their eligibility to receive Silver Support payouts.

No application is needed.

Payout quantum

Eligible elderly will receive Silver Support according to the type of HDB flat that they live in:

Live in HDB flat type Payout per quarter
1-room and 2-room $750
3-room $600
4-room $450
5-room $300

Elderly Singaporeans aged 65 and above on the ComCare Long Term Assistance Scheme will receive a Silver Support payout of $300 per quarter, regardless of their type of residence. This is on top of the monthly cash assistance provided by the ComCare Long Term Assistance Scheme to cover their daily living expenses.

In addition to cash assistance, recipients of ComCare Long Term Assistance also receive free medical treatment and free or highly subsidised social services if needed.

Taken together, the total Government cash assistance for a single elderly person on the ComCare Long Term Assistance Scheme and the Silver Support Scheme is $1,800 per quarter (or $600 a month).

Payout schedule

If you qualify, you will receive the payout with the following schedule:

Payment at the end of Payout period
March April – June of same year
June July – September of same year
September October – December of same year
December January – March of next year

Notification of eligibility

Eligibility for Silver Support will be assessed automatically on an annual basis. Those eligible will receive a notification letter in December of the preceding year.

Eligible elderly will start receiving their Silver Support in advance of the quarter in which they turn 65.

Eligible elderly turning 65 in June 2017 will receive their notification letters in December 2016. They will start receiving Silver Support payouts from end-March 2017.

How to receive Silver Support payout

Eligible elderly can receive their payouts in two ways:

With bank account registered with CPF Board Cash automatically credited into registered bank account.
Without bank account registered with CPF Board Cheque will be sent to their registered NRIC address.

Find out more

For more information, you can:

Elderly who currently face financial difficulties may approach any Social Service Office for help.