Youth can now get more help for their initiatives to champion ground up causes. An additional $72 million will be pumped into the existing National Youth Endowment Fund, bringing the total amount to $100 million.
Both elite athletes and recreational sports enthusiasts will receive boosts to up their game over the next five years.
The government will boost its spending on sports programming by more than $250 million over the next five years to build a strong sporting culture among Singaporeans.
A new fund will be established to support ground-up initiatives which promote racial and religious harmony. This was announced by Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Sam Tan in Parliament on Friday.
To better engage volunteers, the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) will hire volunteer management consultants to work with non-profit organisations. This was announced by Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong in Parliament on Friday.
To ensure that arts and heritage is funded and supported not just by the Government but also corporations and individuals, the Government will set aside a $200 million Cultural Donation Matching Fund to match private sector donations to arts and heritage groups, museums and institutions.
TWO Members of Parliament have called for the Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and its related agencies to step up to the plate and champion artists and artistic freedom.
To spur the arts community here to excel, the Singapore Arts Festival, which was organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), will return next year under a new company set up by the council.
Singaporeans and permanent residents will be able to enjoy free entry to all national museums and heritage institutions from May 18.
Two new Mendaki centres in Pasir Ris and Woodlands will be launched later this month.
The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) has reviewed its haj pilgrimage registration policy to give priority to first-time applicants. They will be allocated 90 per cent of places in any given year, leaving the rest of the slots for repeat pilgrims, announced Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim in Parliament on Friday.
A new skills centre will be set up to give students a second chance to obtain their qualifications, such as the N-, O- and A-levels.
The Manpower Ministry is consolidating the work of three programmes into a mega programme called WorkPro to promote work-life harmony. Some $170 million will be spent over three years to help employers with this, as well as to encourage employers to hire and retain back-to-work locals and mature workers.
Singapore's main labour law, the Employment Act, will be updated to give professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) more legal protection, Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin announced in Parliament on Thursday.
More workers will enjoy protections related to working hours, such as overtime pay, in the upcoming Employment Act review, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin on Thursday in Parliament.
Firms will have to pay their full-time local workers at least $1,000 a month in order to hire foreigners as part of new requirements announced by Acting Minister Tan Chuan-Jin in Parliament on Thursday.
Service firms will be able to pay less in levies for work permit holders classified as skilled workers according to new criteria set out by the Manpower Ministry. Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin announced this in Parliament on Thursday.
Childcare and infant care leave will now be extended to single unwed parents, said Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing in Parliament on Thursday.
Forty million will be set aside over the next three years to cultivate a pro-family environment in the community. The funds will allow schools and workplaces to run family life education programmes aimed at helping Singaporeans improve the quality of their family life.
Soon, your preschooler may attend a childcare centre built in a hawker centre. The Government is looking into locating childcare centres with other facilities, as it ramps up the building of childcare centres ahead of demand.
A current pilot where elderly residents enjoy independent living in a group home at a block in Pipit road is going well, and the Government intends to roll out 60 more such homes by 2016, said Acting Minister of Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing in Parliament on Thursday. These 60 homes will be able to serve about 700 elderly in total.
Acting Minister for Social and Family Development (MSF) Chan Chun Sing on Thursday in Parliament revealed that he will chair a committee to implement the Enabling Masterplan 2012-2016.
Four new social service offices will be set up in Housing Board towns such as Kreta Ayer, Jalan Besar, Jurong West and Bukit Panjang-Choa Chu Kang by the end of this year, said Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing in Parliament on Thursday.
MANY parents and students feel that our education system is too focused on examinations and grades. This excessive focus has several consequences:
Social assistance schemes are being reviewed by the Government to ensure that the needy do not fall through the cracks because of rigid criteria, said Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing in Parliament on Thursday.