To further assist lower
income households, the Government will grant a rebate
on the public utilities bills of citizen households
living in 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-room HDB flats (whether rented
or owner-occupied). The amount will be $150 for 1 and
2-room HDB flats, $120 for 3-room HDB flats and $100
for 4 and 5-room HDB flats. Payment of the rebate will
be made in the second half of this year. Details will
be announced in due course. This is expected to cost
the Government $73 million.
If the economy continues to do well,
I will consider granting similar rebates on public utilities
bills for lower income households in 1997 and 1998.
This rebate will far exceed the likely increase in annual
public utilities bills for these households arising
from revisions of electricity tariffs for several years.