Key Highlights

 

The Committee of Supply 2016 debate took place from 6 to 14 April 2016. During the debates, the Parliament discussed the estimated budgets of the individual Ministries, and their plans for Financial Year 2016.

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Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
  • Up to $25m will be allocated to Our Singapore Fund to support meaningful projects by passionate citizens
  • S$3 million to be channelled over next three years to enliven and ramp up place-making in the Civic District and Bras Basah Bugis Precinct
  • S$40 million has been set aside for the Silver Volunteer Fund
  • Company of Good programme to launch in June to help businesses start giving programmes
  • Promote caring and volunteerism through ArtReach, HeritageCares and SportCares
  • Concessions for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and first care-givers at NHB museums, Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery of Singapore
  • Launch of 3 Sports Academies (Basketball, Football & Tennis) & 1 Sports club (Athletics) in 2016 to reach out to more youths
  • New Heritage Portal, Roots.sg, to provide access to pieces from national collection and present heritage resources in a more dynamic manner
  • Arts for Young audiences plan for pre-schoolers and young children
  • New mosque to be built in Tampines North

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Prime Minister's Office
  • Putting Singaporeans at the heart of public service and upgrading the skills of frontline officers
  • The Government will employ an additional 1,000 engineers this year
  • Increased starting salaries for engineering fresh grads from mid-July 2016; S$3,800 for engineers and S$4,000 for those in ICT
  • Salaries of existing engineers will also be reviewed and adjustments will be made from mid-2016
  • Engineers with deep technical expertise will be identified and developed to take on key scientific, engineering and technical leadership roles in the public service
  • Strengthening the “Singaporean Core” by promoting marriage and parenthood, while keeping Singapore an open and cohesive society
  • Doubling the Medisave withdrawal limits for pre-delivery costs from S$450 to S$900
  • CDA First Step will provide the first S$3,000 of grants without parents having to save first
  • Additional second week of paternity leave for all fathers of Singapore citizens born from 1 January 2017
  • Shared parental leave to increase to 4 weeks for Singapore citizens born after 1 July 2017
  • Adoption leave for adoptive mothers up from 4 weeks to 12 weeks when adopting infants younger than one year old, effective from 1 July 2017

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Ministry of Health
  • New polyclinics will be opened in Jurong West, Punggol and Bukit Panjang, and new primary care facility will open in Sembawang by 2020
  • Community Networks for Seniors announced at Budget 2016 to support successful ageing for seniors in each community
  • Agency for Care Effectiveness (ACE) set up to expand capacity in evaluating clinical and cost effectiveness of health technologies
  • Government declaring war on diabetes, and aims to help Singaporeans live life free from diabetes and help those with the disease to control their condition
  • Government to launch National Seniors’ Health Programme that will deliver a set of programmes on health issues important to seniors in the community
  • New National Silver Academy set up to enable seniors to pursue learning in diverse areas according to their interests
  • Government to pilot new initiatives under new Home and Community Care Masterplan to better support seniors to age at home
  • Government will develop the NurtureSG Plan to tackle preventable risk factors for the youths
  • Government calls on Singaporeans to stick with a regular family doctor

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Ministry of Social and Family Development
  • New Early Childhood Development Centres Act to be introduced this year
  • New KidSTART initiative will proactively identify low-income and vulnerable children aged 6 and below, provide them with support, and monitor their progress
  • Unwed mothers to benefit from Government-Paid Maternity Leave, starting from early next year
  • Children of unwed parents will qualify for the Child Development Account, beginning from third quarter of 2016
  • New Vulnerable Adults Act to allow MSF to intervene earlier to protect vulnerable adults from harm
  • Persons with disabilities aged below 35 years old will be able to tap on Workfare Training Support Scheme
  • MCCY, SPORT Singapore and MSF to increase accessibility to sports for persons with disabilities
  • Tote Board to inject S$350 million into Tote Board Social Service Fund over next three years
  • MSF to develop SkillsFuture Manpower Plans for Social Service and Early Childhood sectors in the coming year

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Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources
  • Vehicles are significant sources of local air pollution and can be improved by replacing older vehicles with cleaner technology
  • PUB is exploring the development of a 5th desalination plant on Jurong Island
  • Singapore will be introducing 4-tick labelling for washing machines and phasing out 0-tick taps by 2018
  • Legislation will be introduced in 2017 to restrict hazardous substances in certain electrical and electronic substances
  • Mercury-added batteries containing more than 5 ppm mercury by weight will be phased out, and the manufacture, import and export of non-compliant mercury-added batteries will be restricted by 2018
  • Smoking will be legally prohibited in reservoirs and more than 400 public parks, including neighbourhood parks within residential estates and those under JTC from 1 June 2016
  • Forming a multi-disciplinary Hawker Centre 3.0 Committee to look into issues of concern to the hawker community

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Ministry of Transport
  • Government’s strategy to improve rail reliability includes operators ramping up engineering, maintenance resources; and doing maintenance of assets before issues arise
  • Government has committed nearly S$1 billion to improve First-and-Last-Mile connectivity for commuters
  • By 2018, all MRT and LRT stations will be connected by sheltered walkways to nearby schools, healthcare facilities and public amenities
  • Government will accept Active Mobility Advisory Panel’s recommendations in full
  • LTA to introduce new Private Hire Car Driver Vocational Licencing (PDVL) framework to ensure commuters’ safety
  • Expansion of our air hub will create many good jobs for Singaporeans and business opportunities for companies
  • Government investing in technology to improve capabilities and quality of maritime jobs

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Ministry of National Development
  • Fresh Start Housing Scheme will help second-timer (ST) families in public rental with young children own a home again
  • Rental supply will be further increased to 60,000 in 2017
  • Regional nodes: 2nd CBD at Jurong Lake District with High Speed Rail terminus to Kuala Lumpur, new Creative Cluster at Punggol, new Northern Growth corridor at Woodlands and Sembawang
  • New town of Tengah will be planned as a ‘Forest Town’
  • LTA, URA to introduce new requirement for developers to incorporate needs of pedestrians and cyclists upfront in their development plans
  • AVA will expand the scope of the Stray Cat Sterilisation Programme
  • OneService Web Portal to be launched in latter half of the year

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Ministry of Communications and Information
  • Building a pipeline of infocomm professionals to build a strong Singapore core
  • Ensuring our infocomm professionals are equipped with updated and relevant skills
  • Providing space for collaboration and digital content creation, deepen skills in story-telling and content production
  • Giving out SkillsFuture Study Awards to support Singaporeans in lifelong learning
  • Singapore is pushing ahead in our Smart Nation journey. To achieve this, we will build a world class infrastructure for pervasive connectivity, lead in the use of technology for our daily lives and nurture a larger research and innovation system, to create value for the economy
  • Wireless@SG will be enhanced – the number of hotspots doubled by 2018, and upgrading its speed to 5Mps
  • Public Service Broadcasting will be reviewed to keep up with media convergence and shifting consumer viewing trends and ensure that broadcasters are equipped to produce quality local content
  • A National Reading Movement will be launched this year to get more Singaporeans to read more, read widely and read together, in order to create a vibrant and pervasive reading culture in Singapore.

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Ministry of Finance
  • Government agencies are encouraged to adopt more flexible procurement processes that will allow vendors to propose innovative solutions
  • Government reviewing Public Private Co-Innovation Partnership initiative to see how it can be more effective
  • Local SMEs are encouraged to participate in Government procurement
  • Government continues to review regulations to reduce compliance burden and facilitate ease of doing business in Singapore
  • Government will facilitate more data sharing to deliver more targeted and effective services
  • Government aims to use data and technology to enhance productivity for service delivery and change the way we work

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Ministry of Manpower
  • MOM’s three main policy thrusts: A manpower-lean and productive economy, a strong Singaporean core in the workforce, and a competitive Singapore workforce at a global level
  • Extension of Career Support Programme (CSP) to cover more PMETs
  • Extension of Professional Conversion Programmes (PCP) to more sectors
  • Development of a National HR Professional Certification Framework
  • Wage cut provision to be removed, reemployment age to be raised to 67 from 1 July 2017
  • Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) and Workfare Training Support (WTS) schemes to be enhanced in 2017

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Ministry of Education
  • The National Outdoor Adventure Education Master Plan which will provide quality and safe outdoor education, upgraded camp facilities and skilful outdoor educators, and a new 5-day multi-school Secondary 3  cohort camp at OBS
  • A new PSLE scoring system will be introduced in 2021 that will use a wider scoring band, and a new scoring methodology to better reflect the students' mastery of a subject
  • MOE will incorporate more aptitude-based admissions into institutes of higher learning
  • The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) will be expanded to cover 10 additional sectors, and introduce a new pathway for ITE graduates to work towards a part-time diploma
  • 12,000 eligible courses under the SkillsFuture Credits scheme by April 2016
  • More help for workers to stay relevant by through shorter, bite-sized certificate programmes from lifelong learning units at all five autonomous universities

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Ministry of Defence
  • SAF to gear-up for counter-terrorism
  • New SAF Engineering Scholarship
  • New SAF hardware for all three services
  • Continuing to engage Singaporeans to strengthen commitment to defence
  • National accreditation scheme to recognise organisations supportive of NS and Total Defence

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Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Government will provide more support to help companies restructure, transform and develop critical capabilities
  • Government introducing new LEAD-Plus programme to help the Trade and Associations and Chambers (TACs) to strengthen in-house capabilities
  • Under Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 plan, Government to continue to leverage R&D to support innovation-led growth for companies
  • Automation Support Package announced in Budget 2016 will provide S$400 million of support to more than 300 automation projects over the next three years
  • S$2.3 billion set aside under fifth tranche of Enterprise Development Fund to support the Industry Transformation Programme
  • Government will continue to invest in SkillsFuture to ensure workers and companies are well-positioned to meet challenges of the future

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Ministry of Defence
  • SAF to gear-up for counter-terrorism
  • New SAF Engineering Scholarship
  • New SAF hardware for all three services
  • Continuing to engage Singaporeans to strengthen commitment to defence
  • National accreditation scheme to recognise organisations supportive of NS and Total Defence

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Good relations between major powers remain essential for Singapore’s continued stability and development
  • Singapore must continue supporting the international coalition against ISIS as the terrorist threats reach closer to home
  • MFA will improve the range and quality of consular services being offered
  • A Task Force was also established to drive the vision of a haze-free ASEAN by 2020
  • ASEAN-led platforms to enhance capacity and regional cooperation in cybersecurity have been created

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Ministry of Law
  • Government and private sector must work together to grow the legal industry
  • Legal sector’s prospects are dependent on the economy, so we must take advantage of opportunities resulting from regional growth by offering the full suite of dispute resolution services
  • Government will introduce the Mediation Bill later this year to strengthen our mediation framework
  • Working Group under the Committee on the Future Economy to identify areas of potential growth in the legal industry
  • Lawyers can use SkillsFuture credit to pay for some of the continuing professional development courses offered by SAL, Law Society and our universities
  • Government is working with Law Society to identify how to strengthen small and medium-sized law firms
  • Government conducts regular reviews of Singapore’s criminal laws and practices to ensure that law enforcement agencies have sufficient powers to keep Singapore safe and secure, and that Singapore has a fair and robust criminal justice system

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Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Enhancing counter-terrorism efforts
  • Strengthen community response through SG Secure
  • Expanding the use of intelligence and investigation tools
  • New operating model for Changi Airport Terminal 4
  • Police to step up recruitment and enhance scheme of service
  • Restructuring plans for full-time NS officers and reservists

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