13 Feb '11, 2pm

#Singapore: Overcoming inequality and the income gap: CLEANER P. Thanalakshmi, 40, and her husband illustrate a

A cleaner sweeps an area outside of Wisma Atria along Orchard Road. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM CLEANER P. Thanalakshmi, 40, and her husband illustrate a key issue that will again dominate this year's Budget: the growing income gap. She was a housewife until two years ago, when she started work as a cleaner at the National University of Singapore to better support her family of five. She now makes $900 a month, and gets Workfare. Her husband also works two jobs: as a lorry driver by day and a cleaner by night. He makes just above $1,700 a month. The couple could do with enhancements to the Workfare Income Supplement scheme, such as a higher income ceiling. They would also gain from greater financial support which MPs and others have called for to lift the lot of low-wage workers. This could take the form of subsidies such as rebates for conservancy and utilities. But Madam Than...

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