As announced at Budget 2020, all Singaporean employees and self-employed persons who received Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) payments for work done in 2019 will receive a Workfare Special Payment (WSP) in 2020.
The WSP provides a cash payout of $3,000 for all eligible Singaporeans. Eligible employees and Self-Employed Persons will receive the same amount of $3,000, which will be paid over two equal payments of $1,500 each, in July and October 2020.
The WSP will provide additional support for low-wage workers aged 35 and above in 2019.
 Persons with disabilities aged below 35 years in 2019, who meet the WIS eligibility criteria, will also receive the WSP if they had received WIS payments for work done in 2019.
The details of WSP were announced in this press release on 24 July 2020.
Extension of Workfare Special Payment
As announced on 17 August 2020, the WSP will be extended to include lower-wage workers aged 35 and above in 2020 who received WIS payment for Work Year (WY) 2020, and who have not already qualified for WSP previously. The new eligible recipients will receive the full one-off WSP of $3,000 from October 2020 onwards. See Table 2 below for the WSP payment dates.
Table 2: WSP payment dates based on eligiblity groups
Singaporeans who received WIS payment for WY2019
Eligible to receive a $3,000 WSP, which will be paid over two equal payments of $1,500 each:
- Via direct bank crediting on 28 July and 28 Oct 2020* for those with government-registered bank accounts.
- Via cheque by 15 Aug and by 15 Nov 2020.
Singaporeans who received WIS payment for WY2020, but not WY2019
Eligible to receive a $3,000 WSP, which will be paid in full on 28 Oct 2020^
- Via direct bank crediting on 28 Oct 2020 for those with government-registered bank accounts.
- Via cheque by 15 Nov 2020.
The WSP will be given to eligible Singaporeans in the same way they receive their WIS payments – direct crediting into their bank account, or cheque sent to their NRIC address. Those who wish to receive payouts earlier via direct bank crediting can do so at http://www.workfare.gov.sg (using SingPass) by 14 October 2020 to receive October’s WSP directly in their bank accounts.
Find out more about the Workfare Special Payment here.