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Household budgets for older people in Singapore: How much is enough?

How much income does an older person need each month for a basic standard of living in Singapore? While income security is a major goal in social policy, there has been no precise benchmark of how much people need to live adequately in Singapore. This study establishes the budgets that older adults need for a basic standard of living, through consensual focus groups where ordinary members of public deliberate and agree on the things required for people to meet their physical, emotional and social participation needs. Methodologically, the study takes reference from active and ongoing research on budget standards across the advanced welfare states, and adopts a procedure pioneered in the United Kingdom which has since been applied in France, Portugal, Mexico, South Africa and Japan. It contributes to debates on minimum incomes and growing interest in participatory approaches to research and policymaking. In the context of Singapore, the findings provide an explicit empirical basis for assessing current modes of income provision amidst concern about poverty and inequality. They can inform the development of social services and policies by highlighting the relationship between meeting material needs and social inclusion. They also raise questions about the sustainability of a welfare system that still relies heavily on family support even as the population ages rapidly – a challenge that Singapore shares with other societies in East Asia.

You may find the report here - https://whatsenoughsg.wordpress.com and view the video that was shown during the launch here.

For those that have missed the event, you can view the video recording at the links below:
https://youtu.be/O7790z1SoIE
https://youtu.be/b4rCJfVq2Ts 
Lobby, Oei Tiong Ham Building
469C Bukit Timah Road
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Wed 22 May 2019
05:15 PM - 06:30 PM

Asst Prof. Ng Kok Hoe

Asst Prof. Ng Kok Hoe

Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Assoc Prof. Teo You Yenn

Assoc Prof. Teo You Yenn

Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, NTU

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Dr. Neo Yu Wei

Dr. Neo Yu Wei

Research Fellow, Social Service Research Centre, NUS

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Dr. Adlina Maulod

Dr. Adlina Maulod

Research Fellow, CARE, Duke-NUS Medical School

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Kenneth Paul Tan

Kenneth Paul Tan

Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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