These three essays received the most votes for May 6's Thought Leadership Question (after a public voting period that ended at midnight, May 15): "What new ideas do you have on how HDB flats should be allocated in Singapore?"
Follow a points system
I feel that it is worth learning from and perhaps adapting the method that the Birmingham City Council (BCC) uses in housing allocation to the Singapore context.
One of the key issues raised in Singapore is fairness in housing allocation. BCC's method incorporates the use of a points system, which reflects the people's different levels of need for housing.
After a person applies for a housing register, which is a list of people who have applied for council housing, and the BCC decides that individual is eligible for the register, the BCC looks at how urgently the individual requires a home.
Each type of need is allocated a different number of points. For example, if an individual needs a house due to issues pertaining to welfare or the current living conditions being unsatisfactory, he or she gets a certain number of points for each. The higher the points, the greater the need for the home.
As such, by tying housing need to a concrete points system, HDB will be better able to understand what situation the citizens are in and how great their need is. In Singapore, we can come up with our own points system to address the different needs relevant to our country.
Sai Saileshwari, 18, JC1, Yishun Junior College, 624 votes
Priority for the low-income
Low-income families should have priority in housing allocation. Singapore's high income per capita might give the illusion of wealthy citizens, but drastic income inequality draws the curtains on this facade, illustrating that there are poorer citizens who need such subsidies.
Parents living with adult children in smaller flats should be allocated larger flats, so that their children need not worry about securing another house for themselves and their future spouses because of a lack of space.