Singapore budget 2017: Elderly, young families and disabled people to be benefitted

Senior citizens, young families and people with disabilities will be given more support in the upcoming budget 2017, informed Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Finance.

The budget will be presented on February 20 by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in parliament.

Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will present the budget on February 20. Photo courtesy: Singapore Business Federation Facebook page

While speaking at the Enabling Village, Rajah said, "For the elderly, as they grow older they have needs and they worry about a whole host of things, so you want to make sure they are well supported. For young families, especially working parents, they have needs too, so you want to make sure they are well supported.”

Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Finance
Indranee Rajah - Senior Minister of State for Finance Photo courtesy: alchetron.com

Rajah explained that more support will be provided to the people with disabilities to improve their quality of life. She said that this year’s budget is a combination of both, where people with disabilities will be enabled to work and employers will be encouraged to hire the special people.

"Budgets by their nature have to be broad-based, but you hope that whatever you do in the Budget flows down and enables different groups to be able to do different parts of it," she said.

"So training may be one part, helping them to integrate is another part, but getting people to participate like employers or people who can take them on to give employment to participate, that's important as well,” she added.

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