Observers flag need to be more self-reliant as family support declines

A family of four in Toa Payoh. With more singles and smaller households, the idea that family is the first port of call when individuals fall on hard times may become less valid.
A family of four in Toa Payoh. With more singles and smaller households, the idea that family is the first port of call when individuals fall on hard times may become less valid.PHOTO: ST FILE

Since Independence 54 years ago, the lives of successive generations of Singaporeans have improved in terms of employment, income, savings, health and life expectancy.

These are the key findings of a Ministry of Finance report released yesterday, which tracks the socio-economic outcomes of Singaporeans born from 1940 to 1949, and in each of the three decades after that.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2019, with the headline 'Observers flag need to be more self-reliant as family support declines'. Print Edition | Subscribe