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Big thumbs up for Silver Support Scheme

Walter Sim on 05 Sep 2014

The Straits Times


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THE Silver Support Scheme was the most well received among the measures announced at this year's National Day Rally, a recent government poll has shown.


More than eight in 10 applauded the scheme, which will provide a payout in the form of an annual bonus to low-income Singaporeans aged 65 and above.


Other measures to provide greater retirement assurance also enjoyed support, with seven in

10 cheering a move to allow lump sum withdrawals of Central Prov¬ident Fund savings, subject to

limits, from age 65 onwards.


Meanwhile, 67 per cent supported the extension of the Lease Buyback Scheme to include four-room Housing Board flats.


These were some of the findings of a telephone poll of 1,136 Singapore residents aged 15 and above. They were announced yesterday by government feedback unit Reach, which said the poll results were consistent with over 1,600 feedback inputs it received between Aug 17 and Aug 31.


In the telephone poll, 75 per cent said they believed people would have enough opportunities to upgrade skills and education after entering the workforce. Six in 10 expressed confidence that the Government's efforts would help to improve career prospects, regardless of qualifications.


These findings relate to the report by the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (Aspire) committee on ways to enhance opportunities for non-degree holders.


Reach chairman Amy Khor said response to the Rally announcements has been positive and "our challenge is to communicate and enable Singaporeans with different circumstances to understand how they can benefit from these initiatives".


Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

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