What is Special Needs Savings Scheme (SNSS)?
SNSS was developed by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) in partnership with the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board to enable parents to set aside CPF savings for the long term care of children with special needs. Under SNSS, parents may nominate their loved one with special needs to receive a regular stream of fixed payouts upon the parent’s demise.
How does SNSS work?
- At the point of
nomination, parents can decide the
amount of monthly payouts the child with special needs
will receive upon the nominating parent's demise.
- The minimum monthly CPF
payout is $250 for each nominated child with special
needs. Parents may decide on a higher quantum.
- There is no minimum balance required in parents’ CPF account to sign up for SNSS. However, the nominating parent’s CPF savings upon his/her demise must be sufficient to support a year’s worth of payout (e.g. a minimum monthly payout is S$250 x 12 months = S$3,000). If, upon the parent’s demise this condition is not met, the CPF savings will be disbursed as a lump sum to the nominee with special needs.
- Without the SNSS
nomination, a deceased parent’s CPF savings in the Ordinary, Special,
Medisave and Retirement Accounts will be distributed to his/her nominee(s) as a
once-off lump sum payment in cash if he/she had made a Cash nomination. If the
deceased parent did not make any nomination, his/her CPF savings will be
transferred to the Public Trustee’s Office for distribution to his/her family
members in accordance with the Intestate Succession Act or Inheritance Certificate
- When the nominating parent passes on, the child with
special needs will receive these pre-determined monthly payouts until the
deceased parent’s CPF savings are exhausted.
BOTH parents of an eligible child with
special needs may apply for the scheme for the benefit of the