20 Feb '11, 3pm

Low birth rate cause: More singles, delayed childbearing

Singapore's total fertility rate hit a historic low of 1.16 last year. -- ST PHOTO: WONG MAYE-E THE Government will look at ways to help single men and women find partners, in a bid to tackle the problem of falling birth rates. More people are staying single and those who are married are putting off having babies, said Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, on Sunday. It was announced last month that Singapore's total fertility rate hit a historic low of 1.16 last year. He did not provide details of the help that would be given to singles, but said the issue would be a major area of focus when Parliament meets next week to debate the details of the Budget. 'We know the vast majority of people do want to get married; we need to help them find the right partner and also see what other needs they feel need to be addressed so they can set...

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