Budget help for the underprivileged

Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah noted that social spending has more than doubled in the past decade, spurred in part by growing needs in the education and healthcare sector - the first because of the need for continued education and the ot
Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah noted that social spending has more than doubled in the past decade, spurred in part by growing needs in the education and healthcare sector - the first because of the need for continued education and the other due to an ageing population.PHOTO: ST FILE

The Singapore Budget, which will be presented on Feb 18 by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, will cover social programmes that focus on the elderly, healthcare and education as well as pay special attention to helping the disadvantaged and underprivileged.

Second Minister for Finance and Education Indranee Rajah said at an event yesterday: "We are putting special focus on how we can help those who are underprivileged, from a disadvantaged background, and the Uplift committee (Uplifting Pupils in Life and Inspiring Families Taskforce) will be a part of that."

Meanwhile, a pre-Budget survey by government feedback arm Reach found that a main concern among Singaporeans is getting access to affordable, quality healthcare.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 31, 2019, with the headline 'Budget help for the underprivileged'. Print Edition | Subscribe