There has been progress in fixing housing issues and taking care of the elderly, but there remains more to be done in transport, manpower and health, said Leader of the House Ng Eng Hen in Parliament on Thursday.
Every case of a down-and-out Singaporean that appears on social media or in the newspapers is followed up on by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, its minister Chan Chun Sing said on Thursday.
More families will benefit from kindergarten subsidies, and lower-income households will receive more help than before. Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing gave more details of the changes to the Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS) in Parliament on Thursday.
Singapore Budget 2014: Over 50,000 special needs children and those with disabilities to get educational and transport subsidies
More than 50,000 children with special needs and people with disabilities will soon receive more help from the Government to the tune of $56 million a year, said Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development Low Yen Ling on Thursday in Parliament.
A new programme for parents thinking about divorce will be introduced, to ensure that their children's needs are considered before divorce proceedings.
Singapore Budget 2014: Medisave use to be extended to reduce out-of-pocket costs for outpatient care
The use of Medisave will be significantly expanded to help people meet their outpatient treatment needs.
The police may get more teeth to deal with public nuisances in the neighbourhood, with the Government looking into legislative changes to deal with the issue.
The premiums that lower- and middle-income households will have to pay for the new Medishield Life insurance that kicks in next year, will be the same or lower than what they now pay.
The recent hospital bed crunch raises serious questions about patient safety and the adequacy of health-care infrastructure, said Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang in a hard-hitting speech during the debate on the Health Ministry's budget on Wednesday.
The first intake of the new volunteer youth corps will start their training in June, after recruitment started last month.
How companies are faring
Restructuring Singapore’s economy and raising productivity have been a big challenge. The Straits Times looks at firms that are taking steps to transform their businesses, with varying degrees of success: