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Aware’s wishes for Budget 2020 – to give caregivers of elderly family members a monthly income


ST 13 Jan 2020

  • Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) said in a Budget wishlist it had sent to government feedback unit Reach on January 10, 2020, that caregivers for older family members be given a monthly income regardless of whether they are working which could be based on a 2018 study.
  • Its other recommendations include:
    • Funding an income scheme, which it referred to as universal basic income (UBI)
    • Giving caregivers grants with a cash and a Central Provident Fund (CPF) component
    • Shorter working hours, and
    • Making healthcare benefits universal for all older persons
  • Aware said that the “policy wishlist” is built based from the combined effort of caregivers, students, parents, academics, retirees, social service workers and business owners

Photo – Timothy David ST

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