08 Jan '12, 2am

Govt should rethink policies on single mothers: Grace Fu #sgpolitics

Govt should rethink policies on single mothers: Grace Fu #sgpolitics

SINGAPORE - The Government should look into more child-centric government policies to help single mothers here, said Senior Minister of State Grace Fu in Parliament on Friday. Ms Fu categorised single mothers in three distinct groups: divorcees, widowed and divorced non-Singaporean mothers with Singaporean children; and women who have children out of wedlock. The current pro-family policies put women here in a difficult position, noted Ms Fu. For one, housing is a basic necessity, but the lack of subsidised accommodation puts a heavy burden on single mothers. Paying the hefty monthly rent at market rates leaves the mothers no choice but to cut back on spending on food or medical fees for their children. She requested the Government to rethink its policies on the issue. Additionally, while the Government and employers are increasingly doing more to introduce flexible work a...

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