HDB does not impose restrictions on larger families in flat applications

HDB does not impose restrictions on larger families in flat applications

SINGAPORE - HDB does not restrict the priority given to families with children to only four-room or larger flats. This allows them to choose the flat type that best suits their budgets and needs, said the Ministry of National Development.

This was the oral response to MP of Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Mr Gan Thiam Poh's question on whether HDB can consider giving priority to families with children in applications for larger BTO flat.

Here is the oral answer by the Ministry of National Development on giving priority to families with children in BTO applications:

Mr Gan Thiam Poh: To ask the Minister for National Development whether HDB can consider giving priority to families with children in applications for larger BTO flats such that a couple with two children gets an extra chance for a 4-room BTO flat application and a couple with three children gets an extra chance for a BTO flat of 4 rooms and above.

Response from Ministry of National Development: We do give priority to families with children in their flat applications through two schemes.

First, under the Third Child Priority Scheme, HDB sets aside up to 5 per cent of the flat supply for families with three or more children.

Second, under the Parenthood Priority Scheme, HDB sets aside 30 per cent and 50 per cent of the public flat supply in Build-To-Order and Sale of Balance Flats exercises respectively for first-timer families with at least one young child, or who are expecting a child.

Under both schemes, a fixed quota of flats is set aside for these families. This ensures a better chance of success, as compared to giving them more ballot chances.

HDB also does not restrict the priority given to families with children to only four-room or larger flats. This is to allow them to choose the flat type that best suits their budgets and needs.

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