Budget 2023: Making it easier to bring up baby

Family-friendly measures help to level the playing field and build inclusivity

Taking care of the nation’s young ones matters not only to parents and children, but also to every Singaporean regardless of age. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
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Few countries devote as much of their resources as Singapore to building up younger generations over the long term. The latest family-friendly measures in Budget 2023 are welcome steps in further making Singapore a well-suited place in which to bring up children for the rapidly changing era the world has entered.

There is a bigger Baby Bonus, for starters, and added funds in the Child Development Account. There is also more tax relief for lower-income working mothers. Adding to the bundle of baby joy is the doubling of paid paternity leave to four weeks, depending on employers, and the scaling-up of KidStart, which provides support for pregnant mothers and young children in lower-income families.

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