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    Default Single mum survives on S$1050 from "charity" and "free" rental

    Wow!
    Single mum currently survives on $1050 (being $700 which she gets from the Ministry of Social and Family Development, as well as $350 from another organisation)!

    Calling the BIG LIAR minority,
    didn't you tell us $308 per month is enough for a person to survive on basic necessity in Singapore?
    Why is your Minister from Ministry of Social and Family Development over-subsidizing people with $700 per month for them to live in "LUXURY"?
    Or more like $700 per month is NOT EVEN sufficient (since she got additional $350 per month from another organization) and YOU ARE LYING???!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    'Raising a kid alone is tough, but we're not giving up,' say single mums

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:30
    Catherine Robert
    The New Paper

    The benefits that single mums receive was raised in Parliament this week. Two of them tell The New Paper on Sunday that while they get fewer perks than married mothers, they have no regrets giving birth to their kids.

    Who wants to be a single mother?

    Single mothers say they are always judged. The whispers never stop, and that's just within the family.

    The Government has gone beyond taking baby steps to help single mothers. But there are still differences when it comes to the benefits they receive.

    Like the $6,000 Baby Bonus cash gift, which married mothers get for their first and second children. Single mums are not eligible.

    Two single mothers say they made a mistake with the men they trusted. But ending the pregnancy was not a mistake they were prepared to make.

    ABUSIVE BOYFRIEND

    Kay, 22 was planning to get married to her boyfriend, but changed her mind when he started being abusive after she moved in with him.

    "He would spit on me and even hit me. For the sake of my child's wellbeing and mine, I had to do what was right for the both of us and leave," she says as tears rolled down her cheeks.

    Kay and her son cannot be identified because of an ongoing court case with her son's father over access to the boy.

    She fell in love with her boyfriend, a foreigner, in January 2011. A year later, she found out she was pregnant.

    She has been the child's sole caregiver since he was born in 2013.

    As her family are very religious, they struggled to accept her pregnancy and eventually kicked her out of home.

    She has been living at her sister's place since.

    "I can't live at my sister's forever. At some point, we will have to give them their space because she has her own family.

    "I'm ready to start working the moment my son goes to childcare in March. I already have a job at the supermarket down the road from where I live," she says.

    She currently survives on $700 which she gets from the Ministry of Social and Family Development, as well as $350 from another organisation, given out in a combination of cash and grocery vouchers.

    While thankful for the help she already receives, Kay is hoping for a place of her own.

    She has applied multiple times to HDB for a rental flat to live in, but was rejected.

    Kay says she is not expecting to earn a lot with her limited education, so the heavily-subsidised rental she is hoping to pay will help leave most of the money she makes for her son.

    ABORTION NOT AN OPTION

    Sarah, 34, a business development executive, says she also had a tough time landing a HDB flat too.

    She had been living with her family, but most of them were not supportive of her decision to keep her child.

    When her son turned two in 2012, a counsellor she had been in touch with helped her with the application process of buying her own HDB flat. But there were restrictions.

    "There were so many rules. I could only take resale flat, I couldn't take a HDB loan and they gave me two months, after I received the approval letter, to find a flat," says the single mother, who asked that we only use her middle name.

    In the end, she managed to buy a four-room resale flat.

    The journey of raising her son single-handedly has been tough, but she says abortion was never an option.

    She was shocked by her boyfriend's reaction when she revealed that she was 10 weeks pregnant, she adds.

    "He told me to 'wash it away'.

    "To me, I had made the mistake of falling pregnant with a man who wasn't committed, but I wasn't going to make another mistake by getting rid of an innocent child," she says, adding that her sister was the only family member supportive of her decision.

    Her son was born in October 2010.

    "I took six weeks of maternity leave because I had to save some for vaccination appointments.

    "At the time, I was taking home $2,400 and when I went back to work, $750 of my salary went to a baby-sitter who looked after my newborn child.

    "I was left with $1,650 for groceries and baby necessities. I never compromised on milk powder because that was my son's only food source but I had to when it came to diapers and other things," she says.

    "His clothes were mostly hand-me-downs from my sister and because she had a daughter, sometimes, he would wear pink clothes."

    She didn't care what it looked like. She was just grateful for her sister's help.

    "I always put my son to bed early and I'm strict about the time. There was one night where he was taking awhile to fall asleep and I told him that he needed to soon because I had work the next morning.

    "He looked at me with innocent eyes and asked 'mummy why do you work so hard?'

    "I had to explain to him that if I didn't go to work, we wouldn't have money," she says.

    Norms are slowly but surely changing

    Yes, single mothers are eligible for a range of benefits. And needy families receive even more help.

    But no, says the Government. They won't get everything married mothers are entitled to, like a total of 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. (See other report).

    Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said in Parliament on Monday that these additional benefits are given "to encourage and support parenthood within the context of marriage".

    This form of parenthood is a prevailing societal norm in Singapore which the Government seeks to preserve, he added.

    A National Population And Talent Division survey released last year showed that 80 per cent of single respondents and 85 per cent of married respondents feel that only legally married couples should have children. This survey involved 4,646 respondents.

    Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Kuik Shiao-Yin and MP Seah Kian Peng tell The New Paper on Sunday that they will continue to push for single mothers to have greater access to benefits and help.

    Ms Kuik says: "I hope that the state can seriously consider giving equal maternity leave or Child Development Account (CDA) dollar- for-dollar matching benefit to single mothers."

    Now, unwed mothers do not receive the Baby Bonus cash gift of $6,000 or the Government's co-matching contribution of up to $6,000 in the baby's CDA.

    Both Ms Kuik and Mr Seah predict that things will change eventually.

    Mr Seah says the extent of benefits provided and the speed at which they are given out are works in progress. "The system has been dynamic, not static," he adds.

    Public sentiment is also changing, points out Ms Kuik. "The state is probably well aware that public mores are changing and there is growing public acceptance of single mothers."

    She adds that the state tends to take a more conservative approach, allowing itself more time to calibrate policies.

    The Government may monitor the benefits given to single mothers and see if it encourages the single-parent family model.

    Ms Kuik, a new mother reasons: "I champion (the cause of) single mothers simply because I am now a mother myself, and can empathise with the beauty and burden of parenthood.

    "I also have friends and employees, all from different economic backgrounds who are single mothers.

    "I am privileged to know single mothers who are hardworking, courageous and faithful to their responsibilities."

    Parenting benefits past, present and future

    THEN

    There have been steps taken to relieve the plight of Singaporean single mothers. For example, in 2007, single mothers were given 12 weeks of maternity leave as long as they marry the child's father within three months of the baby's birth.

    NOW

    Single mothers have access to...

    Infant care and childcare subsidies:

    Medisave grant for newborns
    MediShield coverage for congenital and neonatal conditions
    Government healthcare subsidies and Medifund
    Enhanced subsidies for centre-based infant care and child care
    Domestic Worker

    Foreign domestic worker levy concession
    Leave

    Eight weeks paid maternity leave
    Unpaid infant care leave
    School assistance

    Child development credits
    Financial assistance and bursary schemes
    Additional aid for low-income families

    Kindergarten Financial Assistance Scheme
    ComCare Student Care Subsidies

    THEY HOPE FOR

    An extra eight weeks of paid maternity leave
    Parenthood tax rebate, qualifying child relief, handicapped child relief, working mother's child relief and grandparent caregiver relief
    Baby Bonus


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    Talk cock! as usual mis quote n lie. how much is the GST she pay which u say burden low income???? You are the MTF kpkb GST burden the poor. I say NO!!!!! its covered from rebate.!! which u show here VOUCHERS + CASH! low income get VOUCHERS they don't pay GST!! on top of that they get GST REBATES on Utilities , medical and cash!!! SO!! DONT LIE AND BULLSHIT ABOUT GST is a burden! Without GST where the Government get $$$ to help fund these rebates and vouchers!!!

    ONLY RICH SELFISH People like you keep KPKB GST coz u CONSUME MORE And are too bloody STINGY to pay GST!!!!
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    Hello, didn't you say $308 per month is more than sufficient to cover a person's basic necessity living expenses? Why your Minister pay them $700 per month?! You lying or your Minister over-subsidizing people and wasting tax-payers' money so that they can be lazy and don't need to work??????? Is this the reason why we need GST????

    I am not stingy, I am telling you to tell your Ministers to don't be stingy, they should start taxing the top 1% earners higher TAXES to pay for all those $700 per month, U rebates, PGP, etc etc instead of raising GST and collecting additional taxes from the middle income who are already working hard to make end meets! No wonder >80% of people in Singapore do not have enough money to afford to retire after 62 years old!

    Oh by the way, for the sake of transparency, it is time you tell Singapore Department of Statistics be more transparent and tell us, how much the top 1% earn in Singapore? More than $2M a year? The top 10% figure is quite useless for taxation purposes because many tom, dick and harry FTs also top 10% earners! May be top 10% can breakdown in CITIZENS and foreigners?...............

    Hello, GST was implemented from 0% to now 7% so that the top income earners and the businessmen RICH can have tax cut of 13% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow! Asking middle-income people to subsidize the RICH????????


    Quote Originally Posted by minority View Post
    Talk cock! as usual mis quote n lie. how much is the GST she pay which u say burden low income???? You are the MTF kpkb GST burden the poor. I say NO!!!!! its covered from rebate.!! which u show here VOUCHERS + CASH! low income get VOUCHERS they don't pay GST!! on top of that they get GST REBATES on Utilities , medical and cash!!! SO!! DONT LIE AND BULLSHIT ABOUT GST is a burden! Without GST where the Government get $$$ to help fund these rebates and vouchers!!!

    ONLY RICH SELFISH People like you keep KPKB GST coz u CONSUME MORE And are too bloody STINGY to pay GST!!!!
    Last edited by teddybear; 29th January 2015 at 04:51 PM.

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    Oh, forgot to clarify that the $700 per month is ON TOP OF all those things minority told us, like:
    rebate.!!
    + VOUCHERS + CASH! low income get VOUCHERS they don't pay GST!!
    + on top of that they get GST REBATES on Utilities, medical and cash!!!

    Wow! Singapore GOVT now pay the poor $1050 + another $1000+ (including all those rebates, no GST, utilities, medical etc etc according to minority)
    >> $2050 per month for DOING NOTHING????????????????


    Holy cow! We want all our WASTED money BACK!

    Quote Originally Posted by teddybear View Post
    Hello, didn't you say $308 per month is more than sufficient to cover a person's basic necessity living expenses? Why your Minister pay them $700 per month?! You lying or your Minister over-subsidizing people and wasting tax-payers' money so that they can be lazy and don't need to work??????? Is this the reason why we need GST????

    I am not stingy, I am telling you to tell your Ministers to don't be stingy, they should start taxing the top 1% earners higher TAXES to pay for all those $700 per month, U rebates, PGP, etc etc instead of raising GST and collecting additional taxes from the middle income who are already working hard to make end meets! No wonder >80% of people in Singapore do not have enough money to afford to retire after 62 years old!

    Oh by the way, for the sake of transparency, it is time you tell Singapore Department of Statistics be more transparent and tell us, how much the top 1% earn in Singapore? More than $2M a year? The top 10% figure is quite useless for taxation purposes because many tom, dick and harry FTs also top 10% earners! May be top 10% can breakdown in CITIZENS and foreigners?...............

    Hello, GST was implemented from 0% to now 7% so that the top income earners and the businessmen RICH can have tax cut of 13% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow! Asking middle-income people to subsidize the RICH????????

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