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Security and External Relations
Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports
Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS)
MCYS’s mission is to build a cohesive and resilient society. Our desired outcomes are:
- Socially responsible individuals
- Strong and stable families
- A caring and active community
- Inspired and committed youth
- A sporting people
A total budget of $2.1 billion is allocated to MCYS in FY2012 to achieve this mission.
Socially Responsible Individuals
MCYS aims to help the less fortunate members of our society care for themselves and their families. We have put in place programmes for the low-income, juvenile delinquents, vulnerable families, the elderly and the disabled to help them cope and be as independent as possible.
We will broaden and enhance our social safety net to keep in step with the changing profile of needy families. We have set aside $120.1 million in FY2012 to provide social assistance to various groups of individuals and vulnerable families. This funds various assistance schemes, with the major ones as follows:
- The Public Assistance (PA) scheme provides monthly cash grants to a group of needy Singaporeans who are unable to work due to old age, illness or disability. This group would have limited financial means to sustain their basic living and have little or no family support. The PA scheme also applies to needy senior citizens who have inadequate income or whose children are low-income earners. Besides cash grant, individuals under the PA scheme would also receive free treatment at polyclinics and Government / restructured hospitals, and educational assistance for their children.
- Home Ownership Plus Education (HOPE) scheme that provides comprehensive benefits to young, low-income families who choose to keep their family small. We provide housing grants to help the parents to pay for the mortgage and education bursaries for the children from pre-school up to university-level education. Training grants are also provided to the parents to attend skills training.
- We provide interim financial assistance to help those who are seeking employment, or are temporarily unable to work, for example due to medical illness. From 1 April 2012, we will raise the monthly household income eligibility from $1,500 to $1,700 so that more can receive short term assistance to tide over difficult times and get back on their feet again. Some families may have reasonable household incomes, but in reality struggle to make ends meet because they have many dependants to look after. To assist such families, we will raise the Per Capita Income criterion to $550.
- To meet the development needs of the children from needy families, we provide monthly fee subsidies for kindergarten, child care and student care. Last year, we raised the monthly income cap for kindergarten and childcare subsidies to $3,500 in order to benefit more families with preschool children. Come 1 July 2012, the income cap for student care will also be raised to $3,500.
- For needy individuals who need short-term assistance, they can also approach their Citizens' Consultative Committees (CCCs) which are able to provide assistance in the form of cash, vouchers or food ration via using the CCC ComCare Fund (CCF). The Government will top up the CCF by $5 million in FY2012.
Apart from providing direct financial assistance, MCYS will also invest more resources to strengthen the social services sector. This will enable the various voluntary and community organisations to deliver adequate and effective social services to meet the needs of various Singaporeans.
We have set aside $156.1 million to provide a range of community-based and residential services for the different groups:
- Children’s homes, boys’ and girls’ homes, welfare homes, crisis shelters and transitional shelters for the protection and welfare of our children, juvenile delinquents, destitute and vulnerable families.
- Programmes and services for people with disability. This includes programmes such as the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC), sheltered workshops to provide job opportunities for disabled persons and day activity centres.
- Family Service Centres (FSCs). These are key community-based focal point and social service provider for families in need. They are staffed by professional social workers who are ready to provide a listening ear and helping hand.
- Programmes and services for eldercare. The funding would help fund the Senior Activity Centres, Day Care Centres for the Elderly, Befriending services and Home Help services. We will extend and increase subsidies to support these services and make them more affordable.
Another $11.7 million is allocated to community self-help groups that form part of the social safety net in place to help the needy.
Voluntary welfare organisations (VWO) and charities play a key role in helping our needy. To enhance their capabilities, we will increase the VWO-Charities Capability Fund (VCF) from $53 million to $100 million over the next five years. VWOs and charities can tap on VCF for staff training and professional development, enhance their organisational capabilities, and develop innovative services and delivery models.
Strong and Stable Families
MCYS aims to make Singapore the best home for families and children. To this end, MCYS helps to promote marriage and parenthood, and seeks to strengthen marriages and families.
We have set aside $327 million for the Baby Bonus Scheme to provide parents with cash gifts for their children to lighten the financial costs of raising children. To ease the burden of caring for the newborns and help mothers recover from childbirth, MCYS has allocated $163 million to support the Government-Paid Maternity Leave Scheme under which working mothers can receive up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. A further $92 million is budgeted for Government-Paid Childcare Leave Scheme whereby parents can take up to six days of paid childcare leave every year until their children turn seven years old.
In order to help working parents take care of their children, $259 million is provided to subsidise parents who enrol their children in centre-based infant care or childcare. Beyond that, MCYS has set aside a sum of $36.7 million to provide scholarships for childcare teachers and grants to eligible not-for-profit operators to raise the standards of childcare centres.
To strengthen marriages and families, MCYS has earmarked $10.5 million for family education efforts carried out via community partnership programmes, such as Parent Education in Pre-schools, School Family Education and Family Life Ambassador programmes. These programmes would target individuals in key life stages to enrich the quality of their and their families’ lives. Family education programmes cover areas such as marriage, parenthood, parenting and personal work-life effectiveness. Another $4.1 million is allocated to support people-sector efforts that promote the building of families, strengthen the institution of marriage, and encourage businesses to be family-friendly.
A Caring and Active Community
MCYS works towards bringing the different segments of society closer together to forge a common identity. We work actively through the People’s Association (PA) and with religious and community groups to foster mutual understanding and maintain racial and religious harmony in the community. In addition, we encourage citizens to be actively involved in helping others through volunteerism and philanthropy.
A budget of $498.3 million is set aside for PA to implement the engagement programmes outlined under the Community 2015 Masterplan. PA and its grassroots organisations will focus on building greater social capital within the community through three strategic thrusts:
- Making Friends, Promoting Neighbourliness
- Connecting Youth and the Community
- Building An Active Community, embracing an All C.A.R.E. approach, which is about using all Channels to reach out to residents of all Ages, all Races and across all Estates, to bridge diverse communities.
PA will focus on providing more platforms for residents from different backgrounds to meet, form friendships and build trust and reciprocity and be involved in the local community. In growing social capital, PA aims to work with a wider group of partners and volunteers and getting residents’ commitment and participation to build an active community, towards making Singapore a Great Home and A Caring Community.
MCYS will also allocate $3.6 million to the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), a part of which goes to promote community engagement and the Singapore Muslim Identity. Another sum of $25.8 million will go towards promoting volunteerism, support philanthropy and build a strong network of community.
Inspired and Committed Youth
MCYS believes in empowering our children and youth and providing them with conducive environments to grow and develop into good citizens and socially responsible adults. We support youth–led projects to improve social conditions, and programmes that create opportunities for youth to develop their diverse talents, strengthen their resilience and pursue their dreams.
A sum of $10.3 million is provided for the youth development initiatives in the following areas:
- Provide support to out-of-school youth and youth-at-risk through the Enhanced STEP-UP programme. The programme is carried out by participating voluntary organisations, and includes individualised casework, intervention work with the families of the youth, and group activities aimed to support the youth in bringing about positive changes in their lives.
- Provide common youth spaces e.g. *scape at Orchard and Xtreme Skatepark at East Coast for youth events and programmes to encourage youth exploration of their interests and expression.
- Provide an avenue for youth to express themselves through an internet portal, youth.sg which features articles on events and projects organised by youth, youth lifestyle and interests, links to relevant online resources and services, as well as a blog and discussion forum.
A Sporting People
Sports can transcend boundaries through Singaporean’s participation in sporting activities and celebration of our sportsmen’s achievement. We seek to inculcate resilience, the will to succeed, a sense of national pride, and bond Singaporeans as a community through sports. MCYS and the Singapore Sports Council has carried out a major review of our sports landscape through the Vision 2030 exercise, to position sports as a strategy to achieve national level outcomes, in the areas of health and fitness, accessible and affordable facilities and programmes for all to enjoy, and sports as a common language to unite and inspire Singaporeans.
We will allocate a total of $138.9 million to support sports initiatives. This comprises:
- $62.3 million to promote regular sports participation among Singaporeans. This includes operating the national network of public sports facilities (including the Sports Hub), collaborating with schools and PA to promote sports, organising the Singapore National Games, and supporting community partnership programmes;
- $42.3 million for sports excellence to provide national athletes and coaches with structured training and competition plans, education and career support schemes, and sports science, sports medicine and other support services;
- $12.9 million to develop the sports industry and sports ecosystem in Singapore, including supporting major sporting events like the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore and OCBC Cycle Singapore; and
- $21.4 million to the Singapore Sports School to provide an environment where our student athletes can develop into sports champions of the future.
To find out more about MCYS and our initiatives, please visit our website.