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Social Aid


1. Financial Assistance under Social Aid Act

1.1 Payments under Social Aid Act are meanstested.

(a) A Social Aid is payable to-

(i) a claimant and his dependents where the claimant is temporarily or permanently incapable of earning adequately his livelihood due to any physical or mental disability or sickness or accident as certified by an approved medical practitioner.

(ii) needy families where the head of the household is in jail, police custody or in hospital.

(iii) needy women with dependents and who have been abandoned by spouse.​

1.2 Beneficiaries of Social Aid are also entitled to the following:

(a) free spectacles;
(b) Hearing Aids, Wheelchairs,
(c) refund of travelling by bus to attend medical treatment;
(d) funeral grant;
(e) payment of examination fees for SC, GCE, HSC and MITD courses for their wards; 
(f)  allowance for the purchase of rice and flour as follows:
      Rs 294 for himself/herself; and if he/she is head of household 
      Rs 294 for each member of the family.
(g) allowance to victims of fire, cyclone refugees and flood victims (Note this is paid to the public and not to beneficiaries       of Social Aid only).

(h)  payment of a rent allowance to a maximum of Rs 5000 up to 6 months to fire victims who occupies a rented dwelling

(i)  Dentures - An one-off payment of Rs 3,518 to beneficiaries of BRP whose income does not exceed Rs 30,000

1.3 Special Allowance
(a) Payment of Incontinence Allowance to BRP Beneficiaries aged 70 years and above who are bedridden and suffering from incontinence.

Every beneficiary of BRP aged 70 years and above and certified, by the Doctor effecting Domiciliary Visit, to be bedridden and suffering from Incontinence, is paid a monthly allowance of Rs 900. 

(b) Additional Social Aid to Basic Pensions beneficiaries.

An additional social aid is paid to beneficiaries of Basic Pensions who live alone, pay rent and have no other income apart from the basic pension. The amount payable is Rs 1,905 per month.​