MND Rejects Single Parents’ Petition Calling for Greater Leeway in Eligibility for Public Housing

The Ministry of National Development has rejected a petition from single parents calling for greater leeway in eligibility for public housing.

The petitioners had called on the authorities to recognise unmarried parents and their children as a family nucleus, so they can be eligible for public housing schemes.

Nss Soon GRC MP Louis Ng submitted the petition in September on behalf of the 7 single parents who had signed the petition.

However, the MND said it has no intention to amend the law to introduce more exemptions for unmarried and divorced parents.

“A range of government agencies work together to ensure that no child is without adequate housing, regardless of whether his or her parents are single or married.”

The petition had called for housing rules to be more inclusive instead of granting case-by-case exceptions at the discretion of officers.

It comes at a time when divorce rates are climbing – there were 7,614 divorces and annulments last year, up by 1.2 per cent from 2015.

In 2015, 863 babies were born to unwed mothers here, down from the 1,099 born in 2010.



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