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Low Income
Space in Singapore

Key insights to guide your giving

Financial Distress

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0 %

of low-income households surveyed face challenges in paying off their debts.1

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Indebted households
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Not indebted

Low Wage Work and Retirement Adequacy

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There are
full-time employed residents aged 15 & over who earn less than $1,000 per month from work (Excluding Employer CPF).1
Among them, 21% (5,900) are aged 60 years and above.1
There are also over
individuals earning less than $1,000 who are on part-time employment-either by choice, nature of job or extraneous circumstances.2

Inequality in Child Development and Education

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0 %
0 %
of children from families with per capita income of up to $450 show delays in functioning skills that can be fostered through sustained parent-child interaction.1

Caregiver Support

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are not working due to housework and caregiving responsibilities.1



have quit their jobs for housework and caregiving.1


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homeless people were observed to be sleeping in public spaces across Singapore.1

Amongst 88 rough sleepers interviewed, 1 in 3 had been homeless for 6 years or more.1

Housing Vulnerable Families

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There are about
households living in public rental flats in 2020.1,2
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About 60% are headed by persons aged 55 and above.3
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About 90% had a household income of $1,500 or less at the point where they requested for a rental flat.4

Lack of Social Participation in the Community

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On average, Singaporeans name about
0 contacts
with whom they exchange social support. 1
However, people who live in public housing name

less than 1 contact

who live in private housing as part of their social network.1

Food Insecurity and Poor Nutrition

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0 %
of the 236 survey participants receiving any form of food support were from one-room rental HDB flats.1

Credit Mentions List

Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)

Jeanne Yeo

Assistant Director, National Council of Social Service

Tessa Chow

Assistant Manager, National Council of Social Service

John A. Donaldson

Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University

Ng Kok Hoe

Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Nichol Ng

Michael Switow

Founder and Executive Committee member, ONE (SINGAPORE)

Shailey Hingorani

Gerard Ee

Executive Director, Beyond Social Services

Samuel Tang

Manager for Communications and Research, Beyond Social Services

Ruth Tan

Esther Tan

Kanak Muchhal

Women & Befriender Support, Daughters of Tomorrow

Zubaida Binte Mohamed Ali

Women’s Development Consultant, Daughters Of Tomorrow

Sharon eng

Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Maybank

The information provided on this page is as of 26 November 2020.