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Maps of World SingaporeSingapore News Number of single-parent families in need of help “not large” – Article  By S Ramesh | Posted: 15 September 2012 1739 hrs

What’s relevant in this article is the acknowledgement that challenges faced by the single parent are real. Single parents and their families (no matter how large or small a demographic or whether children are born out of wedlock or not) single parents and their children are part of the community and just as important as other members, deserving of leading a dignified life.

The other issue I think more countries should address is housing.

It costs the same to rent for one person as it does two income earners which means singles and single parent families are grossly disadvantaged.

Isn’t it high time we start to think outside the box and look at tailoring –

  • housing
  • banking
  • education costs
  • finance packages

And geared toward the single person or single parent with one income…

 

Article excerpt –

….Hri Kumar, MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, said: “It’s a difficult issue but I don’t think we should be afraid of making exceptions…Families who have mothers or fathers who are single parents not through choices but through unhappy circumstances – we should help them and we should not forget that the child’s welfare is paramount.”
“The mother and child would have to move on in life and society has to provide that sort of support for both the mother and child,” said Ms Ellen Lee, MP for Sembawang GRC. “If people are important to us, the illegitimate child is also important to us.”

“We are working very closely with the community because at the end of the day, we want to have community befrienders who actually befriend these families so that whenever they need help, we are able to activate the national scheme or local scheme,” said Dr Teo Ho Pin, MP for Bukit Panjang SMC.

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“The National Conversation is a very good opportunity for us to get a very good feel of the pulse of Singapore society going forward and then that would probably move into the situation where we review policies such as maternity, housing affecting singles and single families,” said Mr Desmond Lee, MP for Jurong GRC.

For the full article go HERE

 

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