A Fair And Equitable Society
 
Our policies and programmes seek to:
  • Provide stronger support for those who start off with less
  • Strengthen our social safety nets
  • Mitigate inequalities
  • Keep quality healthcare affordable and strengthen community networks

Promoting Social Mobility


Our approach is to ensure that our students have every opportunity to advance through education, regardless of family background. We are committed to significant upstream interventions to give even greater support to students from lower- and middle-income families.

200 more childcare centres by 2017
200 more childcare centres by 2017
Increased support to pre-schools to raise quality
Increased support to pre-schools to raise quality
Improved affordibility of childcare for lower- and middle-income families
Improved affordibility of childcare for lower- and middle-income families
Extended bursaries for higher education to 2/3 of Singaporean households
Extended bursaries for higher education to 2/3 of Singaporean households
Increased financial assistance to benefit about 65,000 needy students
Raised the target for university cohort participation to 40% by 2020
Raised the target for university cohort participation to 40% by 2020


In Budget 2014
  • Enhance the Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS)
    • Provide more fee assistance
    • Extend support to middle-income families
    • Extend to all Anchor Operators and MOE Kindergartens

  • Increase bursaries for students in ITEs, polytechnics and universities
    • Raise qualifying per capita monthly household income threshold to $1,900 to cover two-thirds of Singaporean households
    • More support for lower- and middle-income families


Enhancing Progressivity


In previous years, we have:


Significantly enhanced the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS)

  • Significantly enhanced the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) to boost incomes and retirement savings of low wage workers


 

Introduced the Progressive Wage Model

  • Introduced the Progressive Wage Model in the cleaning sector to ensure that they enjoy significant upgrades in their basic pay and get more when they upgrade their skills

 

Progressivity of tax system

  • Increased progressivity of Singapore's tax system through:
    • Higher property tax rates for high-end residential properties, especially investment properties
    • Higher Additional Registration Fees for more expensive cars

 

Improving Housing and Public Transport


To ensure quality, affordable housing for Singaporeans, we have:
Improving Housing

  • Increased supply of Build-To-Order (BTO) flats by more than 77,000 over the last three years
  • Enhanced housing grants and raised income ceilings for BTOs and Executive Condominiums
  • Introduced several rounds of measures to cool the residential property market

 

We are improving our public transport system to benefit commuters:

Bus Service Enhancement Programme
Bus Service Enhancement Programme to up frequency and add 40 new routes by 2014
Improved Reliability
Reliability has improved further for trains and buses
Better last-mile connectivity
Better last-mile connectivity with 200km more sheltered walkways by 2018
New fare concessions
New fare concessions for WIS recipients and the disabled

 

Inject >100 new trains from 2014 to reduce waiting time and ease overcrowding

Double rail networks by 2030

Double the rail networks; 5 new major lines by 2030

Preparing for an Ageing Population

We are providing more support to older workers. We are also making healthcare more accessible and affordable.

Special Employment Credit (SEC) encourages employment of older workers
Special Employment Credit (SEC) encourages employment of older workers
CPF LIFE provides lifelong monthly payouts
CPF LIFE provides lifelong monthly payouts
Help seniors unlock their property savings with Lease Buyback Scheme and Silver Housing Bonus
Help seniors unlock their property savings with Lease Buyback Scheme and Silver Housing Bonus
By 2020: 6 new polyclinics, 4 new community hospitals, 25 new and replacement nursing homes
By 2020: 6 new polyclinics, 4 new community hospitals, 25 new and replacement nursing homes
MediShield Life from 2015 for all Singaporeans with enhanced benefits
MediShield Life from 2015 for all Singaporeans with enhanced benefits
Higher subsidies (up to 80%) for intermediate and long-term care for lower- and middle-income Singaporeans
Higher subsidies (up to 80%) for intermediate and long-term care for lower- and middle-income Singaporeans
 

 

In Budget 2014
  • Higher subsidies for Specialist Outpatient Clinic services for lower- and middle-income Singaporeans, benefiting 400,000 patients

  • Annual Medisave top-ups of $100 to $200 over the next five years for Singaporeans 55 years and above in 2014, excluding those already covered by the Pioneer Generation Package

  • Allow elderly patients to use a portion of Medisave more flexibly across a range of outpatient treatments, above existing Medisave withdrawal limits

  • From 2015, increase CPF employer contribution rates for all workers by 1 percentage point to be allocated to the Medisave Account. In addition,
    • Workers above 50–55 years: +1 percentage point to the Special Account
    • Workers above 55–65 years: +0.5 percentage points to the Special Account

  • To offset cost increases, Government will provide employers (for one year) with:
    • Temporary Employment Credit — 0.5 percentage points
    • Special Employment Credit — up to 0.5 percentage points more

  • Workers above 50-55 years will also contribute an additional 0.5 percentage points to their Ordinary Account

  • Enhance parent and handicapped parent reliefs by up to $3,000 from YA2015; individuals staying with parents, grandparents or great-grandparents get more


Supporting Vulnerable Groups

We introduced the permanent GST Voucher (GSTV) Scheme to help low-income families cope with the cost of living. For a typical elderly couple staying in a small HDB flat, the GSTV fully offsets the GST they pay. There are also new and enhanced schemes to support needy families and persons with disabilities (PWDs).

GST Voucher - Cash has benefitted 1.4 million Singaporeans
Benefits 1.4 million Singaporeans
GST Voucher - Medisave has helped 370,000 older Singaporeans
Helps 370,000 older Singaporeans
GST Voucher - U-Save has provided relief to 800,000 households
Provides relief to 800,000 households
Set up 20 Social Service Offices by 2015 to coordinate social services
Set up 20 Social Service Offices by 2015 to coordinate social services
Support PWDs through the Enabling Masterplan; extended WIS and SEC to them
Support PWDs through the Enabling Masterplan; extended WIS and SEC to them
Enhanced Public Assistance scheme for 3,000 recipients
Enhanced Public Assistance scheme for 3,000 recipients
Expand GP outpatient subsidy scheme to 520,000 households and include all ages
Expand GP outpatient subsidy scheme to 520,000 households and include all ages
 
In Budget 2014

Greater Support for Persons with Disabilities

  • Early intervention programmes for children with special needs:
    • Higher subsidies
    • Extend coverage to the upper-middle-income families

  • Affordable transport:
    • New fare concessions (25% discount) on public transport
    • Higher subsidies (up to 80%) for dedicated transport services to schools and care centres, to also include upper-middle-income families
    • For those unable to take public transport or dedicated transport services, subsidies of up to 50% for taxi services

  • Increase handicapped dependant reliefs by $2,000 from YA2015
Greater Support for Persons with Disabilities
 

 

In Budget 2014

Additional Support for Singaporean Households


The following one-off measures will help Singaporeans, especially lower-income groups and retirees, cope with cost of living:

Cash: Seniors’ Bonus
  • GST Voucher — Cash: Seniors' Bonus of $100 to $250 for Singaporeans aged 55 years and above this year, based on annual value of home and assessable income




U-Save Special Payment
  • GST Voucher — U-Save Special Payment of $90 to $260 to all HDB households, based on flat type



Service and Conservancy Charges Rebates
  • Service and Conservancy Charges Rebates of one to three months for all HDB households, based on flat type






Other Tax Measures


Early Turnover Scheme
  • Enhance Early Turnover Scheme to further incentivise owners to replace their diesel commercial vehicles



Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme
  • Extend Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme by six months




Increase excise duties
  • Increase excise duties across all liquor categories by 25%, from 21 Feb 2014





Increase excise duties on cigarettes
  • Increase excise duties on cigarettes and other manufactured tobacco products by 10%, from 21 Feb 2014





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Last updated 14 Mar 2014

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