20 Feb '12, 1am

Voices: Singles also contribute to country's growth, so why were they excluded from the Budget?

THIS year's Budget is claimed to be an inclusive one, but it left out a group of Singaporeans who have contributed strongly and silently to Singapore's growth: Singles. While the less privileged, small and medium enterprises and the chronically ill do need the financial and medical assistance they are getting, singles earning above S$20,000 per annum do pay taxes, too. Singles also care for and support aged parents and unmarried, school-going siblings. Yet, we receive the least in tax relief, Budget support and public housing. If S$905 million from the Budget could go towards tourism, could there not have been something for singles? We will also need medical care at some point. Will the Government lend a hand only when singles become seniors?

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC120220-0000038/Singl...

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