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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

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2021, with the headline 'What it means to live well in Singapore'. Subscribe