Keyword : Demography & Family

  • CPF money: Yours, ours or the Government’s?

    By: IPS Editor | Aug 14, 2019 | Hits: 1052

    To whom does our Central Provident Fund (CPF) money belong? This question comes up regularly in Singapore, and two recent cases attracted wide public attention and deep sympathies among Singaporeans. In one case, a husband wanted to draw out his CPF monies to pay for his wife’s treatment at a private hospital.  She had reportedly…..

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  • The case for restoring CPF contribution rates of older workers

    By: IPS Editor | Jul 11, 2019 | Hits: 772

    We recently recommended that Central Provident Fund (CPF) contribution rates for all workers be equalised at 37 per cent, restoring the rates for older workers back to be on par with those of younger workers currently. To many, the change would be a sensible and fair approach. But some have responded strongly to say that…..

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  • [The Angle] Housing Grants and the Affordability of HDB Flats

    By: admintest admintest | Jan 04, 2016 | Hits: 3088

    The HDB gave an update yesterday on the housing grants it has disbursed, as of November 2015. Since 2006, HDB has released $1.6 billion in Additional CPF Housing Grants (AHG) to close to 83,000 households. It has also given out $297.61 million in Special CPF Housing Grants (SHG) since 2011 to almost 20,000 households. Eligible…..

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  • Speaking of the End

    By: admintest admintest | Dec 17, 2015 | Hits: 1983

    The current focus on “active ageing” in Singapore aims to get Singaporeans to proactively shape how the later stages of their lives should pan out. This ranges from ensuring retirement adequacy, to economic participation, to pursuing hobbies or volunteering in the community. Active ageing thus calls for individuals to live actively throughout life and make…..

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  • [The Angle] What the 2014 baby and marriage numbers tell us

    By: admintest admintest | Oct 01, 2015 | Hits: 2407

    Yesterday’s Population in Brief 2015 published by the National Population and Talent Division is an annual update that contains, amongst other things, snapshots of Singapore’s marriage and parenthood trends. There were more citizen marriages and births in 2014. More than 24,000 citizen marriages were registered, the highest since 1997. There were more than 33,000 citizen…..

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  • Maintenance of parents, repairing of family relationships

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 28, 2015 | Hits: 11575

    The Maintenance of Parents Act (MPA), passed in 1995, allows Singapore residents aged 60 and above who are unable to subsist on their own to claim maintenance from their children. The MPA began as a private member’s bill, introduced by then Nominated Member of Parliament, Associate Professor Walter Woon, in 1994. In the year the…..

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  • [The Angle] Boosting birth rates – how effective will new measures be?

    By: admintest admintest | Aug 24, 2015 | Hits: 1829

    The PM announced last night measures to foster closer family ties and to raise our Total Fertility Rate (TFR). These measures show that the government is earnest in trying to help couples overcome barriers to having children.  But the government does not act alone and it cannot act alone – it has to get employers on-board, get…..

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  • [The Angle] New proximity housing grant can address some challenges arising from our ageing population

    By: admintest admintest | Aug 24, 2015 | Hits: 1491

    The Prime Minister’s National Day Rally speech last night unveiled a number of public housing initiatives, some of which had been anticipated earlier, such as the increase in the income ceilings for eligibility to purchase HDB Build-to-Order flats and Executive Condominiums (necessary to adjust for rising incomes). Most significantly though in my mind was the…..

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  • [The Angle] How the Total Fertility Rate could feature in the NDR

    By: admintest admintest | Aug 18, 2015 | Hits: 1304

    Marriage and parenthood have been a significant emphasis for the government (as witnessed in speeches by the PM and other ministers such as Minister Grace Fu, as well as the Golden Jubilee Baby Gift).  The National Day Rally speech provides an opportunity to reinforce the message about maintaining a Singaporean core, which can be achieved…..

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