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Policies In Brief: New housing model integrates eldercare

New housing model integrates eldercare

An "assisted living" model that could house apartment units in the same floor with communal facilities or eldercare services is being explored by the Government.

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said his ministry is working with the Ministry of Health to pilot this in Housing Board estates, in response to a rapidly ageing population. Studies will be done to introduce it to private developments as well.

E-waste laws by 2021

It will be easier to recycle old cellphones, washing machines and other electronic items in three years, when more shops here provide in-store recycling bins or one-for-one take-back services.

By 2021, producers of electrical and electronic equipment, including manufacturers and importers, will be required to ensure their products are collected and properly recycled or disposed of at the end of their lifespan.

More help for farmers in Singapore

More help will be given to farmers so that they will better be able to serve as a buffer in case of global food supply shocks due to climate change.

This will be done by making it easier for farmers to get financial help; growing a pipeline of talent through work-study programmes; and rolling out initiatives to boost demand for local produce.

Nationwide e-invoicing framework for firms

Businesses will soon be able to adopt a nationwide, interoperable electronic invoicing framework that could help them process payments more efficiently and increase productivity at work.

Benefits of the framework include helping businesses cut costs, ensuring firms are paid faster, and opening up new financing options for them.

Fund for small-scale infrastructure projects

About $3.6 million has been set aside for the next two years to fund small-scale infrastructure projects such as footpaths, lightings and railings.

The Local Infrastructure Projects scheme, launched by the Municipal Services Office, will fund items - usually under $100,000, The Straits Times understands - not covered by existing schemes.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2018, with the headline 'Policies In Brief'. Subscribe