According to a survey done by the government feedback unit REACH, 43 percent of Singaporeans disagreed with the government’s decision to increase water prices, Todayonline said in a report on March 22,2017.
Only 32 percent agreed with the move, and the remaining 24 percent were neutral, REACH said in a statement on March 22. The survey polled 1,111 Singaporeans over the phone after the Budget announcement.
REACH also mentioned that while many Singaporeans were initially unhappy about the price hike, the sentiment shifted at their feedback booths after efforts made by various agencies and political office holders to explain the reason behind the increase.
“We understand Singaporeans’ concerns. For those who are affected by the rising costs, there are measures to help households through the increase in U-Save rebates,” said Sam Tan, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Manpower, and Chairman of REACH.
“We also hear the suggestions of some Singaporeans to improve communication on the water increase, and to do more public education so that everyone can work collectively to understand the need for water conservation,” Tan added.
Overall, support for Budget 2017 initiatives stood at 52 per cent. There is notable support for Budget 2017’s initiatives to assist families in housing and children’s education, as well as persons with disabilities, REACH said.
Over 65 percent of respondents reacted favourably to specific initiatives covering education, housing, infant care, and disabilities. However, only 58 percent agreed that employers will be encouraged to continue hiring older workers under the Additional Special Employment Credit scheme.