NTUC U Care Fund is again handling out $125 per eligible school-going child of lower-income union members and their family.
This will benefit 40,000 children with a total benefits of $5 million. NTUC union members can now apply for this Back To
School vouchers till end September 2010. The vouchers, till 15 Feb 2011, can be used to buy textbooks, assessment or
reference bookds, stationeary, shoes, unionforms, bags and other school-related items (e.g.spectacles, haircut).
The U Care Fund, started by the labour movement, mangaged to raise 11.6 million this year, $1.6 million in excess of the
target $10 million set originally.
Union members whose gross household income is $1800 or less, or the aveage income per family member is $500 or less can
apply to this fund. Hence, lower income public who applies to be NTUC union members, paying monthly fee of $9 per month,
with addtional $9 fee in December, the total annual union fee is thus $117. This is still more than the $125 voucher that
he stands to get for one school-going child. Moreover, the union membership comes with many other benefits such as bursary,
scholorship and the 4% rebates from the purchase from NTUC Fairprice, among many other benefits. More details at be found
at the NTUC website, http://www.ntuc.org.sg.
U Care fund is mostly contributed by Singapore Labour Fondation, NTUC Fariprice Foundation , NTUC Choice Homes and NTUC