Poverty Line Benchmark: Singapore Urged to Establish an Official One

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Singaporean MP Jamus Lim has called for the establishment of an official poverty line in Singapore to provide a transparent benchmark for government assistance schemes. The lack of a poverty line makes targeting the poor “impossible, or at least imperfect,” said Lim.

A Benchmark

He suggested setting up a committee comprising representatives from the Ministry of Social and Family Development, civil society and academia to determine an appropriate benchmark, with government assistance thresholds pegged to this figure.

Why A Poverty Line?

The ComCare scheme, which provides short- to medium-term financial aid for low-income individuals and families, could also be refined, said Lim. However, MP Desmond Choo warned that a single benchmark could have unintended consequences.

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