Increase in PAP town council service and conservancy charges takes effect from June

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By June 1, 2018, there will be a raise in the service and conservancy charges (S&CC) for every one of the 15 People’s Action Party (PAP) town councils. This is the second increase in S&CC in two years.

This should come as no surprise, since in February of last year, it was announced that the S&CC increase in PAP two councils would take place over a period two years.

Here is a list of all the 15 PAP town councils: Ang Mo Kio, Bishan-Toa Payoh, Chua Chu Kang, East Coast-Fengshan, Holland-Bukit Panjang, Jalan Besar, Jurong-Clementi, Marine Parade, Marsiling-Yew Tee, Nee Soon, Pasir Ris-Punggol, Sembawang, Tanjong Pagar, Tampines, and West Coast. However, the charge for every town council will not be the same.

S&CC increases depend on the kind of apartment one has. On June 1 of last year, the S&CC charges went up between S$0.50 to S$9 per month; and on June 1 of this year, the increase will be between S$0.50 and S$8 per month.

With regards to S&CC for shops and offices, last June, charges were up by S$0.09 to S$0.27 per sq m per month. This year, the rate will be S$0.05 to S$0.21 per sq m per month.

Regarding market and cooked food stalls, last years rates increased by S$2.70 to S$23.00 per month. This year, people will be paying an additional S$2.50 and S$17.50 per month.

The increases in S&CC can be attributed to higher cleaning costs, which account for one-fifth of of each town council’s yearly expenses. Additionally, the companies providing cleaning services have been spending greater amounts on progressive salaries for their employees, as well as their training, and even mechanization. The price for pest control services has also increased, since common areas have been receiving more treatments.

The increases will also be used to contribute to the decreasing funds of the town councils themselves, for the maintenance or outright replacement of adding elevators, and also to enact the Lift Enhancement Programme for older estates. The exiting rule dictates that 14 percent of town council funds should be set aside for a new lift replacement fund, in addition to current decreasing fund contributions, since this would take a toll on the town council’s finances.

There will, however, be rebates that will offset the increases, at least in part. For S&CC, rebates will be given to around 900,000 families in Housing Board apartments with a total of S$126 million. This is part of the national budget for 2018.

80 COMMENTS

  1. The fat cats at the PAP Town Councils need their salary increments and bonuses to keep them purring in front of their millionaire Minister masters. PAP cannot afford to have more Town Council employees following the footsteps of AMK TC ex GM Victor Wong.

  2. The town council need to cut down on unnecessary spending. Although I appreciate the anti slip coating on the void deck, changing of the bin doors when they are still in good conduction, putting drain grills etc, walking shelters in parks etc. If these are the cause of maintenances, I think Singaporeans survived the past 50 years without these and that what make the people then hardy. Please stop all the tax increases, we do not earn million like you.

  3. S & C (Service & Conservancy) charges should just be renamed to Conservancy Charges because there is NO SERVICE rendered to residents.As previously mentioned in my past posts I am the one cleaning the outside of my corridor.I don’t see my Bangla cleaner(s) doing that daily.Now my 5room S&C costs $74.With the new increase its $77.WHATS GOING TO STOP THEM INCREASING AGAIN?

  4. Everything also increase. ..only our pay…never increase. If the PAP government cannot run the country well and reduce the burden of the citizens. ..better quit. The government enjoy good pay and good lives…but citizens suffer. .what’s the point. Want to be government must know how to take good care of its peoples. .

  5. All these recent increases eg water, carpark, conservancy charges plus gst (akan datang) when consolidated is not a pinch in the monthly household expenses of the average, lower income and unemployed Singaporean. Its quite a significant increase which is tough to bite. Unless the highly paid rich come down and live at the level of these people they will never be able to feel and appreciate the challenges and hardship faced.

  6. I cannot understand the increase in S&CC related to lift. Our HDB has lift for decades and all these while there is no maintenance budget allocated to it at all? If we are talking about new lifts having issues and problems because of its lousy quality… so the suffering residents get punished for it (Again)?

  7. I wished to share my encounted with our so call social work and Comcares I stay in one room rental flat with my only NS serving son recently i want for an major operations and given 6 months unfit to work and waiting for assements to further anther two operations my account balances $26.5 and my son $about 8k which saving for NUS fee for next year He is due ROD in Nov 2018 Nus fee cost $40k I summitted all relevant documents to Social and comcare departnents at Hougabg branch i appeal to Opps MP mr chan for help but the reply from com care social care Senior manger said since you have $26.5And your son $8k is sufficient saving to pay for Approx.55k medicak bills This is so call our sicial workers behavious If you stay in one room rental flat and jobless for 6 Months Sicial comcare not willing to helo may be because i stayed in opps ward!!!