PAP press conference

PAP's policies in key areas outlined

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave an overview of the People's Action Party's policies in these key areas.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave an overview of the People's Action Party's policies in these key areas.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave an overview of the People's Action Party's policies in these key areas.

HOUSING: More help for lower-income households

•The Special CPF Housing Grant now covers two-thirds of households. It gives a subsidy of up to $40,000 to first-time buyers of new Housing Board flats. The grant amount varies by income, with low-income households getting more.

•The Fresh Start Housing Scheme, announced in last month's National Day Rally speech, will help families who bought a flat before and are now on the public rental scheme but who would like to buy a flat again.

HEALTHCARE AND RETIREMENT: Schemes for ageing population

•The Pioneer Generation Package is a bundle of healthcare benefits for Singaporeans born in 194 9 or earlier.

•MediShield Life gives lifelong coverage.

•The Silver Support Scheme provides cash top-up to retirement incomes.

EDUCATION: Every school a good school

•Schools such as NorthLight and Assumption Pathway - for pupils who fail the Primary School Leaving Examination - and specialised institutions such as School of the Arts provide pathways for students from all educational backgrounds.

•The national SkillsFuture initiative encourages workers to pick up skills, from their school years into their working lives.

INFRASTRUCTURE

•There are ambitious public housing projects such as the Pinnacle@Duxton and new developments at Dawson.

•Major long-term developments are planned, such as the Southern Waterfront City after port facilities are moved to Tuas, and for the land freed up when Paya Lebar airbase goes to Changi.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 06, 2015, with the headline 'PAP's policies in key areas outlined'. Print Edition | Subscribe