CLASSIFICATION OF FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN FOR COMCARE ASSISTANCE

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) how does the Ministry classify families with special needs children for the purposes of ComCare assistance, specifically whether these are evaluated for Short-to-Medium Term Assistance (SMTA) or Long-Term Assistance (LTA); (b) if these families are classified as SMTA cases, whether they may insteadContinue reading “CLASSIFICATION OF FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN FOR COMCARE ASSISTANCE”

ASSISTANCE FOR LOW-INCOME PERSONS WITH MONTHLY CPF DRAWDOWNS LOWER THAN COMCARE LONG-TERM ASSISTANCE PAYOUT AMOUNTS

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) whether the Ministry tracks the number of low-income individuals currently drawing down on their CPF balances at a monthly rate that falls below the current ComCare Long-Term Assistance (LTA) payout of $640 per month; and (b) whether any ComCare top-up to the LTAContinue reading “ASSISTANCE FOR LOW-INCOME PERSONS WITH MONTHLY CPF DRAWDOWNS LOWER THAN COMCARE LONG-TERM ASSISTANCE PAYOUT AMOUNTS”

SCHOOL PROGRAMMES FOR STUDENTS TO ENGAGE IN GRASSROOTS ACTIVITIES

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Education (a) in the past three years, how many schools have organised programmes for their students to (i) engage with People’s Association grassroots organisation and (ii) work with Members of Parliament (MPs), such as attachment programmes and volunteering at their Meet-the-People sessions; (b) how many students are currently involved inContinue reading “SCHOOL PROGRAMMES FOR STUDENTS TO ENGAGE IN GRASSROOTS ACTIVITIES”

ALLIED EDUCATORS HIRED TO SUPPORT TEACHERS AT SPECIAL EDUCATION (SPED) SCHOOLS

Mr Pritam Singh asked the Minister for Education (a) how many allied educators are hired to support teachers at Special Education (SPED) schools on a (i) contract or part-time basis and (ii) permanent basis respectively; (b) whether there are any plans to increase the number of allied educators in SPED schools; and (c) what are the currentContinue reading “ALLIED EDUCATORS HIRED TO SUPPORT TEACHERS AT SPECIAL EDUCATION (SPED) SCHOOLS”

ONE-OFF ADJUSTMENT TO CPF ORDINARY ACCOUNT INTEREST RATES TO BETTER REFLECT INFLATION PREMIUM

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Manpower in light of the consistently high interest rate spread between lending and deposit rates, with limited pass-through of global central bank rate hikes to domestic deposit rates, whether the Ministry will consider (i) a one-off adjustment to CPF Ordinary Account (OA) interest rates that better reflect theContinue reading “ONE-OFF ADJUSTMENT TO CPF ORDINARY ACCOUNT INTEREST RATES TO BETTER REFLECT INFLATION PREMIUM”

ADDITIONAL PLACES OFFERED BY NEW SPED SCHOOLS UNDER ENABLING MASTERPLAN 2030 RECOMMENDATIONS

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Education with regard to the Enabling Masterplan 2030 recommendations to increase the number of Special Education (SPED) schools, how many additional places will be offered to students by these new SPED schools. Mr Chan Chun Sing: The five new Special Education (SPED) schools to be set up by 2030 will addContinue reading “ADDITIONAL PLACES OFFERED BY NEW SPED SCHOOLS UNDER ENABLING MASTERPLAN 2030 RECOMMENDATIONS”

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO PRESCHOOLS SUPPORTED BY ANCHOR OR PARTNER OPERATOR SCHEMES

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) what are the criteria for the admission of children to preschools supported by the Anchor Operator Scheme or the Partner Operator Scheme; and (b) whether the Ministry has considered requiring preschools benefiting from these schemes to give priority admission to Singapore citizens livingContinue reading “CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO PRESCHOOLS SUPPORTED BY ANCHOR OR PARTNER OPERATOR SCHEMES”

PROPOSAL TO DEFER GST INCREASE GIVEN INCREASED TAX COLLECTION IN FY2021/2022 AND BELOW-INFLATION INCOME GROWTH

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance in light of the recent study by DBS which found that income growth has not kept pace with inflation, and the sharp increase in tax receipts for the past financial year, whether the Ministry has considered (i) postponing the need to raise GSTContinue reading “PROPOSAL TO DEFER GST INCREASE GIVEN INCREASED TAX COLLECTION IN FY2021/2022 AND BELOW-INFLATION INCOME GROWTH”

PRICES OF COOKED FOOD SOLD IN MATURE ESTATES, NON-MATURE ESTATES, OLDER COFFEE SHOPS AND NEWER COFFEE SHOPS

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for National Development (a) whether the Ministry tracks the average prices of cooked food sold in (i) mature estates (ii) non-mature estates (iii) older coffeeshops and (iv) newer coffeeshops; and (b) if so, whether there are any systemic differences between (i) mature estates and non-mature estates and (ii) olderContinue reading “PRICES OF COOKED FOOD SOLD IN MATURE ESTATES, NON-MATURE ESTATES, OLDER COFFEE SHOPS AND NEWER COFFEE SHOPS”

MEASURES TO IMPROVE WORK-LIFE BALANCE AMONGST TEACHERS

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Education whether the Ministry is considering other measures besides pay increase to enhance the working conditions for teachers including concerns over workload and long hours, such as adding more staff.   Mr Chan Chun Sing: Mr Speaker, Sir, first, let me thank Members of this House for theContinue reading “MEASURES TO IMPROVE WORK-LIFE BALANCE AMONGST TEACHERS”