Married parents to get $3,000 grant for each baby born from 1 Oct to 30 Sep 2022: Indranee

·Editorial Team
Babies lie in cots at a maternity ward in Singapore March 29, 2007. The government has introduced tax rebates, baby bonuses and longer maternity leave in recent years to encourage women to have more children, in a bid to avoid a critical shortage and ensure economic survival. The number of babies born each year is well below the 2.1 replacement fertility rate needed to replenish Singapore's population. In 2005, the rate fell to 1.25, compared with six in the late 1950s.    REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (SINGAPORE)
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SINGAPORE — Married parents will be provided with a one-off grant of $3,000 for each Singaporean child born from 1 October to 30 September 2022 to help with child-raising costs during the pandemic.

The Baby Support Grant will supplement the existing Baby Bonus cash gift of up to $10,000 and is an add-on to the existing Marriage & Parenthood Package.

With this new grant, “parents will now receive up to $21,000 in cash and cash-like benefits for their first child and up to $35,000 for their 5th child + beyond”, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Indranee Rajah, who announced the grant on Friday (9 October) on Facebook.

The Baby Support Grant will be deposited from 1 April 2021 into the same bank account which parents use to receive the existing Baby Bonus cash gift.

“We hope this will further help with child-raising costs during these uncertain times,” said Indranee.

“We’d like to encourage everyone, including employers, businesses, community groups, extended family and friends, to support a Singapore that is #MadeForFamililes.”

About 30 per cent of over 41,000 respondents said they will likely delay marriage or have a child later in a survey conducted from June to July.

The survey was commissioned by the National Population and Talent Division and the Ministry of Social and Family Development, both of whom are jointly administering the Baby Support Grant.

Among those who are married, 60 per cent said they would delay having a child due to the uncertainty brought about by the pandemic.

Among those who are single and are engaged or seriously dating, 80 per cent said they would delay getting married for the same reason.

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