APPLICATION OF PREVIOUS BAN ON VISITORS TO PRESCHOOLS BY PARENTS AND PARENTS OF NEWLY-ENROLLED CHILDREN

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Social and Family Development whether the previous ban on visitors to preschools, including parents and parents of newly-enrolled children, still applies. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social and Family Development (Mr Eric Chua) (for the Minister for Social and Family Development): Mr Speaker, in line with changes inContinue reading “APPLICATION OF PREVIOUS BAN ON VISITORS TO PRESCHOOLS BY PARENTS AND PARENTS OF NEWLY-ENROLLED CHILDREN”

STREAMLINE MEANS TESTING PROCEDURES AND SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS AND RENEWALS

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Social and Family Development in view of the current rising costs which may lead to more Singaporeans applying for financial assistance, whether the Government is looking to streamline the means testing procedures for public assistance applications and renewals, including reducing the number of physical documents that need toContinue reading “STREAMLINE MEANS TESTING PROCEDURES AND SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS AND RENEWALS”

REVIEW OF COMCARE PAYOUTS GIVEN INFLATION

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Social and Family Development in light of rising inflation for daily necessities, whether there will be a reassessment by the Social Service Offices of the amount of ComCare payouts and a more expeditious review of the eligibility criteria. Mr Masagos Zulkifli B M M: ComCare provides assistance to low-incomeContinue reading “REVIEW OF COMCARE PAYOUTS GIVEN INFLATION”

PLANS TO IMPLEMENT USE OF CLEAR MASKS IN PRESCHOOL SETTINGS TO ENABLE INFANTS AND TODDLERS TO OBSERVE LIP MOVEMENTS OF TEACHERS IN THEIR LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Social and Family Development whether there are plans to implement the use of clear masks in preschool settings in respect of infants and toddlers who, in the process of language acquisition, may suffer delays due to an inability to observe the lip movement of teachers and adults. MrContinue reading “PLANS TO IMPLEMENT USE OF CLEAR MASKS IN PRESCHOOL SETTINGS TO ENABLE INFANTS AND TODDLERS TO OBSERVE LIP MOVEMENTS OF TEACHERS IN THEIR LANGUAGE ACQUISITION”

COS 2022: Clarifications on Adult Disability Care

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Thank you, Madam. I have some questions on the adult disability care. Is the staff-client ratio of adult disability care facilities lower than that of the teacher-student ratio at SPED schools? And if so, why is there this disparity between the two? Because this is what causes the cliff effectContinue reading “COS 2022: Clarifications on Adult Disability Care”

COS 2022: Clarifications on Poverty Line, Financial Assistance, and Inter-generational Social Mobility

Mr Leon Perera: Thank you, Mr Chairman, Sir. Just three clarifications for Minister Masagos. I will try and keep it short. Firstly, would the Ministry consider the proposal contained in my Budget speech to set a poverty line and measure the number of families, particularly, the number of children, who fall below this line everyContinue reading “COS 2022: Clarifications on Poverty Line, Financial Assistance, and Inter-generational Social Mobility”

COS 2022: Community Link (ComLink)

Mr Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap: Sir, MSF had launched the ComLink initiative in 2019, which aims to provide comprehensive, convenient and coordinated support to empower families with children living in rental housing through a proactive outreach and closer case support. I understand that, under ComLink, the Social Service Office (SSO) for each town leads aContinue reading “COS 2022: Community Link (ComLink)”

COS 2022: Exclusion Order for Problem Gambling

Mr Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap (Aljunied): Sir, in replying to my Parliamentary Question on whether MSF could consider debarring individuals who are under both Self-Exclusion and Family Exclusion Orders under the Casino Control Act from placing bets at Singapore Pools outlets, the Minister had noted that there were several safeguards around betting with SingaporeContinue reading “COS 2022: Exclusion Order for Problem Gambling”

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”