What's next for pro-parenthood measures? Focus on work culture

The Singapore Government recently announced enhancements to its parenthood package by further lowering the costs of childcare, education and healthcare. This is by no means its first attempt at using subsidies or grants to encourage married couples to have children, and is unlikely to be the last.

Population matters in Singapore are existential in nature. Singapore's total fertility rate was 1.14 last year, among the lowest in the world and similar to other East Asian societies which have experienced ultra-low fertility.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2019, with the headline 'What's next for pro-parenthood measures? Focus on work culture'. Print Edition | Subscribe