More support needed for mothers

In Parliament yesterday, some MPs spoke up for mothers to be included in the Budget as well.

To help stay-at-home mothers return to the workforce, MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC Intan Azura Mokhtar suggested extending the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme to them on a part-time basis. The programme is available only to full-time to polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education graduates.

Tampines MP Irene Ng and Nominated MP Kuik Shiao-Yin called for more support for single mothers.

Ms Ng said: "It is not that they did not value that institution of marriage. It is hard for them to understand why they are being penalised for their misfortune.

"Because of the current official stand on marriage and family, government policies discriminate against single mothers."

She urged the Government to extend the spirit of fair and inclusive society in this year's Budget to singles and single parents.

Ms Kuik echoed similar sentiments.

"The news that this Budget provides even more care for a working married mother like me is great. But this makes me consider: how much more relief and gratitude a single working mother would feel if she could receive what I received?"