Tag Archives: THARMAN

800,000 HDB households to get S$45m in utilities rebates in April

About 800,000 Singaporean HDB households will receive S$45m worth of GST Voucher - Utilities-Save (U-Save) rebates in April. The GST Voucher - U-Save is the household component of the permanent GST Voucher scheme. It provides a direct offset on utilities expenses for households, and is paid out four times a year. In Budget 2014, a one-off GST Voucher - U-Save Special Payment was announced, with larger rebates for smaller flats.

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TOP CIVIL SERVANT: SILENT MAJORITY’S VIEWS ARE VITAL

Dr Beh said there is a need to seek views in an in-depth manner as people get more involved and social media gets more popular. "You have to engage in deep conversations... you have to invest effort in doing that. "Is it about having more presence on social media, more presence on the Web? To a certain extent yes but that's just superficial," he added.

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SINGAPORE BUDGET 2014 IN 2-MINUTES

Health care held the attention of the House for more than five hours, the longest so far of any ministry. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong announced subsidies to help pay for MediShield Life premiums, the freeing up of Medisave use and home care for the elderly. Parliament also passed the budget of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth on a day dedicated to building a caring society.

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GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGES WEALTH DISPARITY IN SINGAPORE

Cherry-picking among the basket of 160 goods and services used in the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) 2014 survey, finance minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam argues that the survey, which ranks Singapore as the world’s most expensive city, does not measure cost of living for an “ordinary local.” Ahhh I see, Minister. Thank you for enlightening us “ordinary” Singaporeans, who not only have plebeian tastes and neither consume imported cheese, filet mignon nor don “Burberry-type raincoats,” but also lack the intelligence to understand that Singapore’s rocketing cost of living as measured by EIU does not affect us commoners.

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The Miracle of the Singapore Budget 2014

Three cheers indeed for the Singapore Budget 2014. The only group that is almost certainly down in the dumps must be the drinkers of alcohol and smokers. Sin taxes have jumped, and by no small degree. Tax on liquor has risen by a whopping 25 per cent. Your little smoke must now not just be confined to those little yellow boxes at hawker centres or coffee shops but has become distinctly more expensive as tax on tobacco products has risen by 10 per cent. So the squeeze is on there on these but this is notably on little luxuries with have potentially adverse side effects if taken to excess.

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A GENEROUS BUDGET, BUT WILL THE HELP REACH ALL?

Tsao Foundation chairman Mary Ann Tsao was impressed by how the Pioneer Generation Package covered all aspects of health care that a senior citizen may need. "Health care is pretty broad. There's hospitalisation, there's outpatient care to make sure chronic diseases are managed, and there's long-term care when you become frail. And this package addresses all those components, which is really very good." However, the Government will have to ensure the benefits reach as many of those who are in need as possible, she noted.

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NMP EUGENE TAN: BUDGET 2014 IS ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING

The Government has wisely ring-fenced the hefty S$8 billion cost by budgeting for it in its entirety in Budget 2014. This means that the PGP will not appear as a line item in future Budgets, and future governments and generations will not have to bear the responsibility of financing it. Whatever changes come in the next two to three decades, there is money in the kitty to ensure the endeavour to care for our pioneers is not merely a politically expedient one.

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Singapore to Build Fair Society; Distribute Goodies

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam delivered a budget that hopes to build a fair and equitable society on Friday. Details on a “Pioneer Generation” package which was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong earlier this month was unveiled. In addition, more help for students from lower- and middle-income households will be provided through subsidies and tertiary education bursaries

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SINGAPORE BUDGET 2014: A QUICK SUMMARY

With a healthy surplus of S$3.9b, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shamugaratnam rolled out this year’s budget with observably higher social spending. The Pioneer Generation’s package is the boldest delivery of the Government’s commitment to honour the work of “Pioneer Singaporeans”, those who were at least 16 years old during 1965. Special attention to elderly workers (the result of intensive lobbying by the NTUC) had been given.

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AHPETC Lessons For Opposition Parties

When the 14 PAP-managed town councils sold the town council management system ("TCMS") that was jointly owned by the 14 towns to PAP-owned Action Information Management Pte Ltd ("AIM") in 2010 and immediately leased it back, the lease contracts contained a provision allowing AIM to terminate the contract with any town council by giving that town council a notice period of one month in the event of material changes to the membership, or to the scope and duties, such as changes to the boundaries, of that town.

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