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'Widen net of support scheme for seniors'

Academics, social workers say many in need still fall through the cracks

Published on Aug 20, 2014 7:07 AM
 
Mr Wee Lin, chairman of Sunlove Abode, on why the scheme should be extended to all elderly people living in rental flats.

The new financial support scheme for the elderly should cover a wider group of Singaporeans and not limit itself to just the poorest of Singaporeans.

This is because many older Singaporeans still fall through the cracks despite the number of social policies around, said social workers and academics.

This group would include low-wage workers, housewives, singles and widows, they said.

On Sunday, in his National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong introduced a new Silver Support scheme for needy Singaporeans when they turn 65.

 
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LIVING IN POVERTY

I know some families who cook a can of sardines and eat it for lunch and dinner. Sometimes they don't turn on the electricity to save money. That is how poor they are.

- Mr Wee Lin, chairman of Sunlove Abode, on why the scheme should be extended to all elderly people living in rental flats.

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