This paper sets out the Singapore Government’s approach to improve the lives of low-income and vulnerable families in Singapore.
The Government is committed to building a fair, inclusive and caring society, which provides an enabling environment for all Singaporeans to do well and progress. Addressing income disparity and social stratification remains one of the top priorities for the Government.
Outcomes for the low-income and vulnerable families have improved over the years. The income gap has also narrowed over the last 10 years. Nonetheless, we must continue to find ways to do better, working in close partnership with the community to galvanise whole-of-society efforts and encourage a stronger culture of volunteerism and giving.
Singapore is at a crossroads. There are significant challenges before us on the economic and social fronts, as the pace of our economic development moderates and demands for social spending increase. We have to adapt our policies in response to changing circumstances and needs, and as we continue to learn from past experiences.
We invite everyone from all sectors in Singapore – individuals, groups and organisations – to join hands with us in a collective effort to build a Singapore that we can be proud of, where every person is respected and valued, and no one is left behind.
Infographic on the Occasional Paper
Illustration of Government's Multiple Layers of Support