Wednesday, 20 August, 2014

 
 
BUDGET DEBATE
March 13, 2014

MORE must be done to encourage corporate giving here and the government wants to see giving become part of the DNA of Corporate Singapore, Parliament heard yesterday.

BUDGET DEBATE
March 13, 2014

THE new tribunal that is being set up to adjudicate community disputes should neither be the first recourse nor the main way for people in Singapore to resolve their disagreements.

BUDGET DEBATE
March 13, 2014

[SINGAPORE] The government's direct spend on healthcare is expected to rise to $7.5 billion in FY 2014 as it increases its share of national healthcare expenditure, which will include initiatives aimed at reducing out-of-pocket costs for patients.

BUDGET DEBATE
March 12, 2014

[SINGAPORE] After the recent slew of radical changes to the COE (certificate of entitlement) system, the government has given the assurance that there will be no more of those for now.

BUDGET DEBATE
March 11, 2014

[SINGAPORE] Requiring developers to adopt productive technologies and prefabricated components in new projects, as announced by the Ministry of National Development (MND) yesterday, is widely expected to translate into higher costs for them in the short term.

BUDGET DEBATE
March 11, 2014

[SINGAPORE] The Housing Development Board (HDB) is overhauling the procedure for resale HDB transactions in a bid to shift the focus from cash-over-valuation (COV) to market prices when negotiating resale prices.

BUDGET DEBATE
March 11, 2014

[SINGAPORE] Singapore-based tech start-ups are set to get a boost from a set of government initiatives this year, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said in Parliament yesterday.

BUDGET DEBATE
March 8, 2014

THE government will raise the income thresholds for student bursaries and raise the bursary amounts to make higher education more accessible to students from lower and middle-income households.

BUDGET DEBATE
March 8, 2014

THE government is looking into extending the re-employment age from the current 65 to 67, but is unlikely to act on it soon.

BUDGET DEBATE
March 8, 2014

THE Progressive Wage Model (PWM), which is backed by law and dictates a minimum wage, will be confined to the cleaning, security and landscaping sectors, the government said yesterday.

BUDGET DEBATE
March 8, 2014

ACTING Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin yesterday cautioned against Singapore producing too many graduates who can't find enough good jobs - a predicament South Korea and Taiwan find themselves in today.

BUDGET DEBATE
March 8, 2014

THE government is taking concrete steps to support SMEs' growth and restructuring efforts by making incentives easier and faster to claim, and by reducing their compliance burden, said Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport Josephine Teo yesterday in parliament.

 

Tax-ratedThe essence of the Budget debate captured in one infographic.

All the numbersAll the figures put into easy-to-explore interactive charts. Take a big-picture view, or drill deep into the details.


BT Budget Roundtable 2014Rising business costs, Singapore's productivity push, and other issues discussed.

Balancing act
Carrots, Sticks, and a Cabinet. A BT guide to the Budget.

Juggling business and social priorities
Is a gap developing between business expectations and the government's changing priorities?
                 


       

An economy of words
A Business Times infographic special on the last decade of Budget speeches.
                 


       
Higher wealth taxes?
Taxing times ahead as government spending increases.

                 


       

                 

More social spending not 'a fiscal drain'
     
Helping Singaporeans will also create growth opportunities.

                 


       


                             
                                                                 
Whither productivity growth?
             
Taking stock of the government's initiatives - how effective have they been?