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What it means to live well in Singapore

Social inclusion, affordable options and self-responsibility are key to living well and sustaining social cohesion

With a strong ethos of personal responsibility accompanying robust social support, Singapore can aspire to be a nation where all citizens feel they belong – a home that not only provides for their needs, but also equips them to give their best for themselves and the community, says the writer.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

How much does a family need to live comfortably in Singapore? A study, led by researchers from the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Nanyang Technological University, has come up with the following estimates: $6,426 a month for a couple with two children aged seven to 18, and $3,218 for a single parent with a child aged two to six.

These findings are based on a research methodology known as the Minimum Income Standards approach. Focus groups comprising members of the public were asked to discuss and agree on the goods and services needed by a family for a basic standard of living, taking into account social norms and expectations.

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