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Singapore government is set to pay each family over N3m to have more babies




The government of Singapore has announced that it will be giving a one-time additional payment to people aspiring to be parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While appearing before parliament on Monday, October 5, Singapore Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said the payment will go a long way in increasing the Southeast Asia country’s population and birthrate that has for years been an all-time low.

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According to Heng, the COVID-19 pandemic had threatened to exuberate the situation since most people aspiring to be parents had suspended the plans owing to dwindling income and job insecurity occasioned by the scourge.


The prime minister told lawmakers:

“We have received feedback that COVID-19 has caused some aspiring parents to postpone their parenthood plans. This is fully understandable, especially when they face uncertainty with their income.

Hence, to help with expenses during this period, we will introduce a one-off additional support for newborns.”

The new kitty will be on top of KSh 1,000,000 (N3,555,476.71) new parents are already enjoying as child support.

Heng, however, did not indicate how much will be wired to new parents under the new arrangement.

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He also said:

“This will be on top of the Baby Bonus Cash Gift, which provides eligible parents up to $10,000 in benefits. Minister Indranee will share more details on the additional support soon.

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Currently, Singapore has a population of about 5.85 million people and a birthrate of 1.14 per woman.