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Does a family of 4 in Singapore really need $6,426 a month for basic living standard? (Pt 2)

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Synopsis: The Straits Times' opinion editor Grace Ho takes a hard look at political and social issues of the day with her expert guests.

In this second-parter, she looks at what the recent Budget and other policy changes have done to boost wages and alleviate cost pressures, and what more can be done for children and single parent households.

In the studio to explain how policies have evolved as well as the remaining gaps, are Associate Professor Teo You Yenn of the School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University; and Dr Ng Kok Hoe, Senior Research Fellow and head of the Case Study Unit at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. 

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02:03 This is a big year for wage interventions including the Progressive Wage Model

06:34 Keep an eye on the cost of public services, as these affect how much wages households need

08:34 Are transfers and subsidies for children enough? 

12:45 The gendered nature of burden on single parents; women's earning capacity to meet basic needs is lower than men

18:00 Housing penalty faced by single never-married parents compared to married ones

20:02 Wish lists for a fair and inclusive Singapore 

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Produced by: Grace Ho (, Ernest Luis and Teo Tong Kai

Edited by: Hadyu Rahim

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