Parenting benefits past, present and future

Parenting benefits past, present and future
Profile of a single mum.

SINGAPORE - THEN

There have been steps taken to relieve the plight of Singaporean single mothers. For example, in 2007, single mothers were given 12 weeks of maternity leave as long as they marry the child's father within three months of the baby's birth.

NOW

Single mothers have access to...

Infant care and childcare subsidies:

Medisave grant for newborns

MediShield coverage for congenital and neonatal conditions

Government healthcare subsidies and Medifund

Enhanced subsidies for centre-based infant care and child care

Domestic Worker

Foreign domestic worker levy concession

Leave

Eight weeks paid maternity leave

Unpaid infant care leave

School assistance

Child development credits

Financial assistance and bursary schemes

Additional aid for low-income families

Kindergarten Financial Assistance Scheme

ComCare Student Care Subsidies

THEY HOPE FOR

An extra eight weeks of paid maternity leave

Parenthood tax rebate, qualifying child relief, handicapped child relief, working mother's child relief and grandparent caregiver relief

Baby Bonus


This article was first published on January 25, 2015.
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