Parliament: Results out soon for review on support for single unwed parents

The Government is reviewing the support it provides to single unwed parents.
The Government is reviewing the support it provides to single unwed parents. TNP FILE PHOTO

SINGAPORE - Single unwed parents may get more support from the Government, pending the results of an official review that will be announced soon.

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin said on Monday (April 4) that the Government is reviewing the support it provides to single unwed parents as part of efforts to better support children from vulnerable families.

"We will announce the outcome of our review soon," he added in a written reply to a parliamentary question from Mr Louis Ng (Nee Soon GRC).

Mr Ng had asked the Government if it would increase the amount of maternity leave for single mothers , as they need more time to take care of their children.

Mr Tan replied that single unwed mothers are eligible for eight weeks of paid maternity leave and four weeks of unpaid maternity leave.

Their married counterparts get 16 weeks of paid maternity leave.