Mrs Lina Chiam
Non-constituency Member of Parliament
To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development
(a) what are the benefits given by the Government to unwed mothers that are in line with those given to married mothers;
(b) what are the other benefits that are not accorded to unwed mothers; and
(c) whether the Ministry has considered any future plans to help unwed mothers.
The Government provides support and benefits for the care and development of our children, regardless of whether their mothers are married or not. Examples include benefits linked to child care, child development, education and healthcare. Table 1 lists some of these benefits.
Table 1: Benefits Extended to Singaporean Children
- Child care leave and unpaid infant care leave
- Foreign domestic worker levy concession
- Centre-based infant and child care subsidies
- Kindergarten Financial Assistance Scheme (KiFAS)
- Education subsidies
- Student care subsidies
- Child Development Credits*, Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) top-ups
- Edusave Pupils Fund; Edusave Scholarship and Awards
- Maternity leave of 8 weeks
- Medisave grants for newborns
- MediShield coverage for congenital and neonatal conditions
- Government healthcare subsidies and Medifund
Benefits that are intended to support marriages and births within the context of families are given only to married mothers. Table 2 lists these benefits.
Table 2: Benefits for Married Mother
- Baby Bonus Cash Gift and Child Development Account
- Maternity leave of 16 weeks
- Parenthood tax rebate, qualifying child relief, handicapped child relief, working mother's child relief, and grandparent caregiver relief
- Housing grant for families
- Housing priority for families
All policies are subject to regular review to ensure currency and relevance.
* The Child Development Credit was first announced on 18 February 2011 in the Budget Statement, and it was given to all Singapore Citizen children born from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2011.