COS 2022: Four alternate levers of revenue

The Chairman: Mr Pritam Singh, if you can keep it to a minute, so that we can have a minute’s response. Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): I will, Speaker. Thank you. I did not intend to rise, but I had to, after the Minister for Transport stood up and spoke of “intellectually rigorous”. I think heContinue reading “COS 2022: Four alternate levers of revenue”

COS 2022: Adult Disability Care

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Many residents with moderate to severe disabilities require care provided by adult disability care facilities, like day activity centres, adult disability homes, adult disability hostels and sheltered workshops. May I ask the Minister what is the current utilisation rate among each of these facilities and what are their staff-clientContinue reading “COS 2022: Adult Disability Care”

COS 2022: Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): In January, the MSF announced an expansion of the Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) as well as the Assistive Technology Fund (ATF). Amongst others, the existing schemes will be extended to support seniors and the disabled over a longer period of time and to cover a wider range of assistive devices.Continue reading “COS 2022: Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund”

COS 2022: Clarifications on Preventive Healthcare and Recognition for Cleaners

Mr Leon Perera: Thank you, Mr Chairman. Just saw two clarifications. The first one to Minister Ong. As the Minister observed, the preventive healthcare has been a long journey. HPB was founded in 2001 and we have been spending, I think, about $300 million a year for quite some time. But over the last 10Continue reading “COS 2022: Clarifications on Preventive Healthcare and Recognition for Cleaners”

COS 2022: Healthcare Infrastructure

Mr Leon Perera: Mr Chairman, over FY2016 to 2018, our public and total healthcare expenditure remained constant at 2.1% and 4.1% of our GDP respectively, approximately, but has since increased. For comparison, Japan spends 9.3%, Germany spends 10.7% and the OECD average is about 8.8%. However, these two years have shown that we need a muchContinue reading “COS 2022: Healthcare Infrastructure”

COS 2022: Healthcare Workers’ Working Conditions

Mr Leon Perera (Aljunied): Mr Chairman, I recently filed Parliamentary Questions on junior doctors’ working conditions. I would like to call for a review of the current 80 working hour per week guidelines, with a view to reducing it marginally, say, to 70 hours. Some overseas studies do show that work hour reforms are notContinue reading “COS 2022: Healthcare Workers’ Working Conditions”

COS 2022: Food Insecurity and Unhealthy Eating

Mr Leon Perera: Mr Chairman, Sir, a recent study estimated that 10% of resident households were food insecure in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this, with many low-income families struggling from the financial fallout. Food distribution drives do important work, but may be fragmented and lead to food wastage if rations are unsuitable dueContinue reading “COS 2022: Food Insecurity and Unhealthy Eating”

COS 2022: Reviewing Approaches to Tackle Poverty

Mr Leon Perera: Mr Chairman, Sir, in my Budget speech, I argued for a war on poverty and a different approach based on defining a poverty line, channeling all schemes through FSC social workers, reducing the stress involved in applying for financial assistance, providing longer lead times and larger amounts of financial assistance based onContinue reading “COS 2022: Reviewing Approaches to Tackle Poverty”

COS 2022: Early Intervention Programmes

Mr Leon Perera (Aljunied): Mr Chairman, Sir, students from low-income families tend to be more vulnerable to long-term absenteeism in schools. For families where persistent absenteeism is an issue, I would like to propose a conditional cash transfer programme – not a transfer to the Child Development Account – for these students in Primary and SecondaryContinue reading “COS 2022: Early Intervention Programmes”

COS 2022: Clarification on Free Public Transport for Seniors

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim: Thank you, Chair. I thank Minister Iswaran for his explanation. I feel I should clarify that the proposal that I had explicitly states that the subsidy should be borne by MOT expenditures, not by other riders. He spent quite a bit of time, I felt, attacking a little bit ofContinue reading “COS 2022: Clarification on Free Public Transport for Seniors”