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Parents Maintenance Resolved At The Commissioner’s Office

Statistics on the number of cases for Parents maintenance as well as gender, age group, marital status, living arrangement and accommodation type of the elderly.

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Number of cases

Years  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Number of cases 19 21 12 18 17 269 286 303 257 213 221

Prior to 2010, the role of the Commissioner rested with the Director of Social Welfare. Cases handled by the Director was low due ad hoc referrals from the Tribunal when it deemed appropriate.

Since 3 May 2010, a dedicated Commissioner was appointed to oversee the Commissioner's Office for the Maintenance of Parents. The Commissioner hence was able to help many elderly parents settle more cases "out of court" without them using a legal channel at the Tribunal. 

Over 70% of the cases that came to OCMP reached settlement through conciliation in 2010 while it was more than 80% from 2011 to 2014. 

Gender

Years  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Number of cases 269 286 303 257 213 221
Mothers 113
(42%)
104
(36%)
127
(42%)
110
(43%)
81
(38%)
84
(38%)
Fathers 156
(58%)
182
(64%)
176
(58%)
147
(57%)
132
(62%)
137
(62%)

Age Group

Years  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Number of cases 269 286 303 257 213 221
Age below 60 24
(9%)
26
(9%)
31
(10%)
13
(5%)
13
(6%)
7
(3%)
Age 60 to 79 197
(73%)
212
(74%)
212
(70%)
202
(79%)
153
(72%)
179
(81%)
Age 80 and above 48
(18%)
48
(17%)
60
(20%)
42
(16%)
47
(22%)
35
(16%)

Marital Status

Years  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Number of cases 286 303 257 213 221
Married 74
(26%)
79
(26%)
78
(30%)
51
(24%)
64
(29%)
Divorced 108
(38%)
101
(33%)
87
(34%)
90
(42%)
86
(39%)
Widowed 89
(31%)
100
(33%)
69
(27%)
59
(28%)
58
(26%)
Separated 15
(5%)
23
(8%)
23
(9%)
13
(6%)
13
(6%)

Living Arrangement

Years  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Number of cases 286 303 257 213 221
Alone / homeless 82
(9%)
56
(18%)
60
(23%)
48
(22%)
48
(22%)
Living with family members 124
(43%)
155
(51%)
137
(53%)
112
(53%)
115
(52%)
Living with non family members 61
(21%)
66
(22%)
50
(20%)
45
(21%)
51
(23%)
Living with community 19
(7%)
26
(9%)
10
(4%)
8
(4%)
7
(3%)

Accomodation Type

Years  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Number of cases 286 303 257 213 221
HDB 1 or 2 room flat 110
(38%)
118
(39%)
118
(46%)
102
(48%)
99
(45%)
HDB 3 room flat 65
(23%)
53
(17%)
45
(18%)
31
(15%)
32
(14%)
HDB 4 room flat 37
(13%)
46
(15%)
32
(12%)
21
(10%)
31
(14%)
HDB 5 room flat 19
(7%)
26
(9%)
16
(6%)
18
(8%)
16
(7%)
Homeless / Sheltered Home / Nursing Home 40
(14%)
34
(11%)
19
(8%)
18
(8%)
15
(7%)
Private flat (Condo / Exec Condo) 3
(1%)
4
(2%)
4
(1%)
5
(2%)
1
(1%)
Private house (Terrace / Semi-detached / Detached) 4
(1%)
6
(2%)
9
(4%)
2
(1%)
2
(1%)
Rented room from open market 8 (3%) 16 (5%) 14 (5%) 16 (8%) 13 (6%)
Others - Shophouse, studio apartment, residing overseas 0 0 0 0 12
(5%)
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Last Reviewed On Tue, Dec 20, 2016

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