FOR a more equitable distribution of the Workfare Income Supplement, the Central Provident Fund Board could consider using per capita household income as a criterion ("No payouts for some with tighter Workfare criteria"; June 30).
Take the case of a man who earns less than $1,900 per month, but whose spouse has an assessable income of more than $70,000 a year (disqualifying him from Workfare).
They live with their elderly parents and three children, so their per capita household income would work out to about $1,100 a month, yet the family is not eligible for Workfare.
Compare this with another man who also earns less than $1,900, but whose spouse's assessable income is less than $70,000 a year (qualifying him for Workfare). They have no parents or children, and their per capita income would be close to $4,000, yet they qualify for Workfare.
Having a spouse whose yearly assessable income exceeds $70,000 does not mean the family is not in need of help. The Government has to review how Workfare is distributed.