MOF Invites Views And Suggestions For Budget 2020

The Ministry of Finance is seeking views and suggestions from all Singaporeans in preparation for Budget 2020, which is scheduled to be presented next February. Individuals, households, and businesses are welcome to provide feedback on topics such as business growth, training and employment, support for families, and support for seniors.

2.This effort complements year-round outreach and engagement by MOF and other government agencies in seeking feedback and inputs from individuals and organisations.

3.In the spirit of SG Together, we are seeking public views on longer-term issues. Specifically, we invite suggestions on how we can form stronger partnerships to address future opportunities and challenges facing Singapore.

4.Meanwhile, MOF’s Budget website (www.singaporebudget.gov.sg) is now online. It will provide latest updates on Budget 2020, as well as general information on Singapore’s national Budget process.

Budget 2020 Feedback and Engagement Channels

5.Singaporeans are encouraged to provide their suggestions for the coming Budget through various channels across a six-week period starting from Monday, 2 December 2019, until Friday, 10 January 2020. The public can visit the REACH Budget 2020 microsite (www.reach.gov.sg/budget2020) to submit their views. The feedback topics can be found in Annex A.

6.During the feedback and engagement period, REACH will hold Listening Points across Singapore to gather views and ideas for Budget 2020. These Listening Points are easily accessible, open feedback booths set up in prominent areas, such as the Toa Payoh HDB Hub and Raffles Place, for Singaporeans to give their feedback in person. Details of these Listening Points can be found on the REACH Budget 2020 microsite.

7.REACH will also convene a Pre-Budget 2020 Dialogue on Tuesday evening, 3 December 2019, involving about 120 members of the public. The dialogue will be chaired by Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and Education. She will be joined by the Chairman of REACH, Mr Sam Tan, who is also the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Social and Family Development.

8.MOF is partnering the People’s Association (PA) and its grassroots organisations in their Ask Kopi Kakis initiative to reach out more widely to Singaporeans in the heartlands. During the public feedback phase, grassroots volunteers will set up Ask Kopi Kakis’ kiosks in the community to make it more convenient and accessible for Singaporeans to give their views and suggestions for Budget 2020. The engagement with citizens will take place at 25 locations island wide. Details of PA’s Ask Kopi Kakis’ kiosks can be found in Annex B.

9.In addition, Singaporeans can provide views and suggestions for Budget 2020 via any of the following channels:

Feedback Channel Contact Details
Singapore Budget website www.singaporebudget.gov.sg
REACH Budget microsite www.reach.gov.sg/budget2020
REACH Singapore Facebook www.facebook.com/REACHSingapore
REACH Singapore Instagram www.instagram/reachsg
REACH Singapore Feedback Form www.reach.gov.sg/about-us/contact-us/feedback-form

Partnering One Another to Build a Home for All

10.“The Budget is a strategic financial plan to address both near-term issues and also how we build our future Singapore together. What we put into the Budget reflects our values as a people, our aspirations as a society and our direction as a nation,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Mr Heng Swee Keat.

11.Deputy Prime Minister Heng added:

“Over the years, we have invested heavily in developing Singaporeans and building Singapore. Through close partnerships with all in our people, private and public sectors, we have created new opportunities for Singaporeans to improve their quality of life.

With changes coming fast and furious, we need to prepare ourselves to ride new waves by continuing to build our capabilities and transform our economy. At the same time, we remain committed to strengthening support for fellow Singaporeans, so that we can all progress together. This is how we will build our nation – where every Singaporean has a strong sense of belonging and a part to play in realising our shared future.

I urge all Singaporeans to contribute actively and join us in charting the future for Singapore.”

 

 

Issued by
Ministry of Finance, REACH, and PA
Singapore
1 December 2019



 

Annex A: Budget 2020 Feedback Themes & Questions

We now seek feedback on how else/differently the Government and people can collaborate for our future. The five thematic questions are in the table below:

1 Security and External Relations

With ongoing threats of terrorism and cyber warfare, it is important for Singaporeans to play an active role in contributing to national efforts to strengthen domestic security and cybersecurity, and to build community resilience.
  1. Besides existing efforts, such as the SAF Volunteer Corps, the SGSecure movement, SCDF’s Community First Responders, and the Government Bug Bounty programme, how can Singaporeans play a further part in enhancing this country’s security?
2 Business Growth / Innovation / Costs

There remains very good business potential in Singapore and the region, even in today’s uncertain environment. (Consider, for instance, the ongoing US-China trade tensions.) We need to press on actively with transformation, and place ourselves in a strong position as a Global-Asia Node of Innovation, Technology and Enterprise to thrive in the longer run.
There are many government schemes to deepen enterprise capabilities and enhance our competitive position. They include the Enterprise Development Grant (EDG), the Market Readiness Assistance grant (MRA), the Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG), SMEs Go Digital, Start Digital, and various Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).
  1. Amidst the current uncertainties, which areas of enterprise capabilities do businesses need in order to compete better?
  2. How are the internationalisation efforts in your industry progressing? What are some challenges and opportunities in internationalisation for your industry or company arising from ongoing US-China trade tensions?
3 Training / Employment

We wish to encourage Singapore workers to continually adapt and acquire new skills throughout their careers. Meanwhile, employers will need to invest in their workers to have sufficient talent to grow their firms.
There are available training and employment schemes to support firms and workers, such as:
  • Adapt and Grow (A&G) programmes, which help workers adapt to changing job demands, re-skill for new careers, and stay agile for new opportunities.
  • SkillsFuture, which supports lifelong learning. Firms that send workers for skills training also receive support, such as course fee subsidies.
  1. What are some barriers to workers taking up more individual-based training, and employers sending their workers for training?
  2. What are some ways to address these barriers?
4 Support for Families
With rising singlehood and smaller family sizes, the level of financial and non-financial support from family members may decline.
There are schemes to encourage families to offer mutual care and support, such as housing schemes like the Proximity Housing Grant (PHG) and the Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS), plus tax reliefs for topping up the CPF accounts of family members.
  1. How can we review and improve our schemes to further support the community and families in caring for one another?
5 Support for Seniors

Singapore’s population is ageing rapidly, and people are living longer. Many older workers wish to stay active and continue working. However, there remain some barriers to older worker employment.

There are plans to support seniors who wish to continue working. Steps taken include the raising of the retirement age and re-employment age to 65 and 70 respectively by 2030, alongside increases in the CPF contribution rates for older workers.
  1. How can we further encourage and support older workers in continuing employment?
  2. For seniors who are unable to work longer due to health or personal reasons, what are some ways in which their family, relatives or community groups could partner the Government to support their needs?

In the spirit of SG Together, we would also like to seek Singaporeans’ views on longer-term issues through the following question:


1 How can we form stronger partnerships to address future opportunities and challenges facing Singapore?

Annex B: Details of PA’s Ask Kopi Kakis’ Kiosks

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S/N Date/Time Venue General Location
1 8 Dec 2019,
10am – 5pm
Pasir Ris Elias Community Club 93 Pasir Ris Drive 3, Singapore 519498 Pasir Ris
2 8 Dec 2019,
3pm – 6pm
Blk 415 Woodlands St 41, Singapore 730415 Woodlands
3 14 Dec 2019,
6pm – 9pm
Blk 2, Upper Boon Keng Road, Singapore 380002, Communal Hall 2 Jalan Besar
4 14 Dec 2019,
6pm – 9.30pm
Taman Jurong Community Club 1 Yung Sheng Road, Singapore 618495 Taman Jurong
5 18 Dec 2019,
4pm – 7pm
Bishan MRT Station Bishan
6 20 Dec 2019,
7pm – 9.30pm
Blk 39 Bendemeer Road, Singapore 330039, Pavilion Jalan Besar
7 20 Dec 2019,
5pm – 8pm
Toa Payoh East Community Club 160 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319380 Toa Payoh
8 20 Dec 2019,
5pm – 8pm
Toa Payoh South Community Club 1999 Lor 8 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319258 Toa Payoh
9 21 Dec 2019,
2.30pm – 4.30pm
Sembawang Community Club 2125 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758528 Sembawang
10 21 Dec 2019,
5pm – 7pm
The Woodgrove (Commercial Mall) 30 Woodlands Ave 1, Singapore 739065 Woodlands
11 21 Dec 2019,
11am – 12pm
Oasis Waterpark @ Nee Soon East 307 Yishun Central, Singapore 760307 Yishun
12 22 Dec 2019,
9am – 12pm
Bukit Gombak Neighbourhood Centre Blk 372 Bukit Batok St 31, Singapore 650372 Bukit Gombak
14 22 Dec 2019,
11am – 12pm
Yishun Park Hawker Centre 51 Yishun Ave 11, Singapore 768867 Yishun
15 26 Dec 2019,
11am – 3pm
Blk 134 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore 560134, Amphitheatre Ang Mo Kio
16 27 Dec 2019,
7pm – 9pm
Community Plaza, behind Blk 15 Bedok South Road, Singapore 460015 Bedok
17 28 Dec 2019,
6:30pm – 9pm
Heartbeat@Bedok 11 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 469662 Bedok
18 29 Dec 2019,
9am – 12pm
Rivervale Plaza 118 Rivervale Dr, Singapore 540118 Sengkang
19 31 Dec 2019,
6pm – 9pm
Downtown East Atrium 1 Pasir Ris Cl, Singapore 519599 Pasir Ris
20 4 Jan 2020,
9:30am – 2:30pm
Tiong Bahru Community Centre 67A Eu Chin St, Singapore 169715 Bukit Merah
21 4 Jan 2020,
10am – 5pm
Bukit Panjang Community Club 8 Pending Road, Singapore 678295 Bukit Panjang
22 4 Jan 2020,
9am – 1pm
Ci Yuan Community Club 51 Hougang Ave 9, Singapore 538776 Hougang
23 4 Jan 2020,
9am – 6pm
Zhenghua Community 1 Segar Road, Singapore 677738 Bukit Panjang
24 4 Jan 2020,
7pm – :8:30pm
Blk 480, Tampines Street 44, Singapore 520480 Tampines
25 5 Jan 2020,
8:45am – 2pm
Radin Mas Community Club 51 Telok Blangah Crescent, Singapore 098917 Bukit Merah