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:
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.”
Ministry of Finance, REACH, and PA
1 December 2019