SINGAPOREAN AND PERMANENT RESIDENT HOUSEHOLDS WITH ELECTRICITY AND WATER BILLS IN ARREARS AT END OF 2019, 2020 AND 2021

Mr Pritam Singh asked the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment how many Singaporean and permanent resident households were in arrears of (i) at least three months and (ii) more than six months, with regard to their electricity and water bills respectively at the end of 2019, 2020 and 2021. Ms Grace Fu Hai Yien: There are aboutContinue reading “SINGAPOREAN AND PERMANENT RESIDENT HOUSEHOLDS WITH ELECTRICITY AND WATER BILLS IN ARREARS AT END OF 2019, 2020 AND 2021”

EXCEPTIONS MADE IN DISBURSEMENT OF BABY SUPPORT GRANT AND POSSIBLE EXTENSION BEYOND SEPTEMBER 2022 GIVEN CONTINUING LOW TOTAL FERTILITY RATE

Mr Leon Perera asked the Prime Minister (a) to date, whether any exceptions have been made in the disbursement of the Baby Support Grant (BSG), for instance giving the grant to single mothers; and (b) whether the Government is considering an extension of the BSG beyond September 2022 in view of the continuing low total fertility rateContinue reading “EXCEPTIONS MADE IN DISBURSEMENT OF BABY SUPPORT GRANT AND POSSIBLE EXTENSION BEYOND SEPTEMBER 2022 GIVEN CONTINUING LOW TOTAL FERTILITY RATE”

LONG TERM PLANS TO INCREASE RECOGNITION OF SKILLS AND VOCATION-BASED TRAINING WITH TIERS FOR EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS CERTIFICATIONS

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Education whether there are long-term plans for increasing Government’s recognition of skills and vocation-based training, with tiers for experience and skills certifications issued by the Ministry, such as the apprentice-journeyman-master system used for certain trades in Germany and the United States. Mr Chan Chun Sing: The Singapore Workforce SkillsContinue reading “LONG TERM PLANS TO INCREASE RECOGNITION OF SKILLS AND VOCATION-BASED TRAINING WITH TIERS FOR EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS CERTIFICATIONS”

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”

MEASURES TO DAMPEN INFLATIONARY PRESSURES OR TO HELP SINGAPOREANS COPE GIVEN HIGHER PRICES

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Finance (a) in the last five years, what is the annual amount of excise duties derived from petrol and diesel sold to end consumers; and (b) whether the Government can reduce excise duties for intermediate grade petrol and diesel in view of high fuel prices today. Ms HeContinue reading “MEASURES TO DAMPEN INFLATIONARY PRESSURES OR TO HELP SINGAPOREANS COPE GIVEN HIGHER PRICES”

IMPACT OF HIGHER ELECTRICITY AND INGREDIENT PRICES ON EARNINGS OF HAWKERS

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment (a) what data has the Ministry obtained regarding the quantitative impact on earnings faced by hawkers due to inflation in electricity and ingredient prices and restrictions on dining-in; and (b) whether the Ministry will consider additional support measures to cushion the impact on (i) hawkers andContinue reading “IMPACT OF HIGHER ELECTRICITY AND INGREDIENT PRICES ON EARNINGS OF HAWKERS”

IMPACT OF RECENT GLOBAL EVENTS ON COSTS OF DAILY NECESSITIES AND GOODS AND SUPPORT MEASURES FOR NEEDY SINGAPOREANS

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Finance what studies has the Ministry conducted so far to examine how the costs of daily necessities and goods in Singapore will be impacted by recent global events such as rising commodity prices, rising global inflation, the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic. 30 Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked theContinue reading “IMPACT OF RECENT GLOBAL EVENTS ON COSTS OF DAILY NECESSITIES AND GOODS AND SUPPORT MEASURES FOR NEEDY SINGAPOREANS”

AGE-APPROPRIATE DISCUSSIONS IN SCHOOLS FOR COMPLEX FOREIGN POLICY AND SECURITY ISSUES

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Education to what extent are teachers engaging students to discuss with them, in age-appropriate ways, the positions Singapore has taken on complex foreign policy and security issues like the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Singapore’s relations with the US and China and hostile information campaigns targeted at Singapore’s population. Mr ChanContinue reading “AGE-APPROPRIATE DISCUSSIONS IN SCHOOLS FOR COMPLEX FOREIGN POLICY AND SECURITY ISSUES”