Government seeks feedback for Budget 2020
Singaporeans can provide views online, at listening booths, through grassroots organisations and at dialogue
What is stopping workers from going for training? Do existing housing grant schemes offer enough support?
Singaporeans are being asked for their views on a range of topics ahead of Budget 2020, scheduled to be delivered next February.
They can use booths and kiosks in areas such as Toa Payoh HDB Hub and at more than 20 locations island-wide.
In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Finance, government feedback unit Reach and the People's Association (PA) said: "Individuals, households and businesses are welcome to provide feedback on topics such as business growth, training and employment, support for families, and support for seniors."
The public can also provide views at the Reach Budget 2020 microsite and in person during a six-week exercise ending on Jan 10. Reach will have Listening Points booths island-wide to receive feedback. Information on dates and venues can be found on its Budget 2020 microsite.
MOF is also partnering the PA and grassroots organisations to reach out to Singaporeans at 25 locations from next Sunday until Jan 5. More information can be found on the PA website.
There will also be a Pre-Budget 2020 Dialogue tomorrow, open to about 120 people.
It will be chaired by Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance and Education.
People can also provide feedback through the Singapore Budget website, and Reach's social media channels and feedback form.
The feedback being sought has five broad themes: Security and external relations matters; business growth amid current uncertainties; training and employment, which include schemes to support firms and workers; support for families; and support for seniors.
In the light of ongoing threats of terrorism and cyber warfare, the Government wants to find out how else Singaporeans can play a part in enhancing the Republic's security.
On business growth amid current uncertainties, the Government wants to know what businesses need in order to compete.
It is also looking for feedback on the internationalisation efforts in industries and, in the light of the ongoing United States-China trade tensions, what some of the challenges and opportunities are for firms.
The Government also wants to know what are some of the barriers to workers taking up more individual-based training, and the barriers employers face, as well as how these barriers can be tackled.
It also wants to know how existing schemes to encourage families to offer mutual care and support can be improved. These schemes include the Proximity Housing Grant and the Married Child Priority Scheme, as well as tax relief for topping up the Central Provident Fund accounts of family members.
Finally, on support for seniors, the public can suggest how the Government can further encourage and support older workers in continuing employment.
The Government is also seeking views on longer-term issues such as how it can form stronger partnerships to address future opportunities and challenges facing Singapore.