SINGAPORE: Govt to review policies to support citizens in getting married, having babies

The government will review its policies to support citizens in getting married and having children.  This comes as latest statistics show more singles in the population, with an increasing number of Singaporeans marrying later, having babies at a later age, and correspondingly fewer children.

Since 2001, Singapore has put in place a marriage and parenthood package to boost the country’s low fertility rate, which currently stands at 1.2.  These measures include helping singles find life partners through the Social Development Network, housing schemes to help couples set up home, to monetary incentives that help defray the cost of raising children.  Authorities here will study examples of other countries to see what will work for Singapore.

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