According to the Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Social and Family (MSF) MP Muhammad Faishal, the number of needy Singaporeans on social assistance ComCare, increased 29% from 2012 to 2014:

“The number of households who received ComCare short-to-medium term and long term financial assistance increased from 24,000 in financial year 2012 to more than 31,000 in 2014.”

In his opening speech, MSF Minister Tan Chuan Jin also mentioned that 44,000 children were under kindergarten subsidies in 2015, which is more than double the 17,000 children in 2012.

MP Muhammad Faishal then announced that needy Singaporeans who are under the social assistance program will get an increase of about S$50 more in their monthly payout. Those living alone will see their cash assistance increase from S$450 to S$500; S$790 to S$870 for two-persons; S$990 to S$1,130 for three-persons and S$1,180 to S$1,450 for four-persons.

When queried about the lack of manpower in the social service sector, MP Muhammad Faishal avoided mentioning salaries and instead claimed that his ministry is trying to “uplift image, professional development and career prospects in the sector”.

There was no mention on assistance of cardboard collectors whose presence have been increasing steadily in recent years.