Cuts by MP Louis Ng for Ministry of Finance’s Committee of Supply debate 2020
Provide single unweds with the Parenthood Tax Rebates
MND stated that “single unwed parents are valued citizens, and like all parents, are respected for the love and care they provide for their children. They are no less a mother or a father, just because their child was born outside of marriage.” Why do they not get the parenthood tax rebates like other parents? MND also stated that “every parent regardless of their marital status, ought to be treated with respect.”
Our policies can help end the discrimination. It is time to level the playing field and treat single unweds with respect. As citizens they should qualify for the Parenthood Tax Rebates like all other parents.
Provide single unweds with the Working Mother’s Child Relief
The Working Mother’s Child Relief rewards families with children who are Singapore Citizens. Why leave out single unwed families? Why only encourage married women to remain in the workforce after having children?
It is strange that we do not want single unwed women to remain in the workforce after having children. Why discriminate even after MND has stated that “every parent regardless of their marital status, ought to be treated with respect.”
Let’s respect single unwed mothers who look after their children single-handedly and remain in the workforce despite all the difficulties. Will MOF consider allowing single unweds to qualify for the Working Mother’s Child Relief?
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