Find out the key points of MND’s Committee of Supply (COS) Debate speeches, including links to more information about MND’s COS announcements.
Read the full speeches from MND's COS 2020
Speech by Minister Lawrence Wong: Building Our Future City and Home
Speech by Minister Grace Fu: Connected Services for a Connected Community
Speech by Second Minister Desmond Lee: Transforming Singapore into a City of Nature
Speech by Minister of State Zaqy Mohamad: Continuing our Efforts to Transform the Built Environment Sector
Speech by Senior Parliamentary Secretary Sun Xueling: Safeguarding Animal Health and Welfare, and Supporting Vulnerable Citizens
MSO COS 2020 Factsheet: Connected Services for a Connected Community
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivered the Budget on 18 February 2020. Here are some of the measures related to MND’s work.
Built environment sector
• S Pass sub-Dependency Ratio Ceiling (DRC) of the Construction sector, together with the Marine Shipyard and Process sectors, will reduce from 20% to 15%. The cut will be implemented in two steps – first from 20% to 18% on 1st January 2021, and subsequently to 15% on 1st January 2023.
• The Government recognises potential concerns of enterprises about the availability of skilled manpower in these sectors. To help enterprises find skilled local graduates looking to embark on their careers, and older local professionals looking for new careers, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Workforce Singapore (WSG) will provide assistance to improve matching. Enterprises that have specific needs can continue to apply for additional manpower flexibilities in exceptional cases, through schemes such as the Lean Enterprise Development Scheme. Find out more about plans to develop our people here.
• Between 2010 and 2019, the Government increased the expenditure on national development from $2.4 billion to $3.6 billion, with the bulk of this going into subsidies on public housing, so that every Singaporean household can have a home to call their own.
• With the Enhanced CPF Housing Grant (EHG), first-time flat buyers can now enjoy up to $160,000 in housing grants. The monthly household income ceilings for subsidised flats and executive condominiums were raised to $14,000 and $16,000 respectively. It is expected that around 16,000 HDB households to benefit from these enhancements each year.
• The Government will do more to help Singaporeans to tap their housing assets for retirement by enhancing the Silver Housing Bonus and Lease Buyback Scheme. Find out more about the care and support package here.
• The Government will have a new HDB Green Towns Programme to make sustainable living a key feature of our HDB estates. It will have three key focus areas: reducing energy consumption, recycling rainwater, and cooling our HDB towns.
• New housing developments will have around 45% to 60% green cover, and residents are contributing through the community garden movement. Today, more than 36,000 gardening enthusiasts are nurturing over 1,500 community gardens island-wide. These gardens keep our shared neighbourhood vibrant, and bring people closer together.
Read the full Budget 2020 speech here.