Study shows working poor struggling to make ends meet
A new study has shown that the working poor in Singapore are not getting enough pay to make ends meet.
Working poor is defined as someone earning less than half of the average monthly income of a Singaporean, which now stands at 3,000 dollars.
The survey on poverty attitudes, by the National University of Singapore's Social Work Department, showed that those who need money, want to work, and there are jobs available.
Nearly 70 percent of respondents said jobs are available for aid recipients who want to work.
But 85 percent said most jobs aid recipients can get, are not paying enough for them to support a family.
Researcher Irene Ng cited factors such as globalisation and the widening income gap, which have led to stagnating wages for Singapore's poor.
About 60 percent of respondents said government expenditure to help the poor in Singapore is not enough.
And about half said they are willing to pay more taxes to help the government raise its social spending to help disadvantaged groups.
Experts at a dialogue session today also made a call for a Minimum Wage in Singapore.
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