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Committee of Supply 2020

Committee of Supply 2020

SUPPORTING THE DIVERSE HOUSING NEEDS OF ALL SINGAPOREANS

Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong made several key housing announcements at the Committee of Supply Debate on 4 March 2020. Read on to find out how these announcements will benefit Singaporeans.

A Home for You at Every Stage of Life

 

Improving housing accessibility

Getting homes earlier

Flat buyers can look forward to getting their homes earlier, as we do away with the Re-Offer of Balance Flats (ROF) exercises, so that flats unselected from Sale of Balance (SBF) exercises will be offered directly for open booking.

Supporting housing needs of unwed parents

Unwed parents aged 21 and above can now buy up to a 3-room flat in a non-mature estate from HDB, compared to only a 2-room Flexi flat previously. Those who cannot afford to buy any flat will be considered for public rental flat. We will assess each request holistically and on a case-by-case basis.

Helping our seniors

Streamlining monetisation options for seniors

Enhancements to Silver Housing Bonus (SHB)

We will increase the maximum bonus from $20,000 to $30,000, to further support seniors in their retirement.

We will also simplify the SHB requirements:

  • Seniors can qualify for SHB as long as they move to a 3-room or smaller flat, and they have proceeds from the move. There is no requirement to sell a larger flat now.
  • Seniors will only need to top-up $60,000 of their proceeds to their CPF Retirement Account (RA) to qualify for the maximum SHB of $30,000. There is no second top-up required.

Enhancements to Lease Buyback Scheme (LBS)

We will also increase the maximum LBS bonus from $20,000 to $30,000 to align with the revised SHB. Owners of 3-room or smaller flats, 4-room flats, and 5-room or larger flats can get a maximum cash bonus of up to $30,000, $15,000, and $7,500, respectively.

Alternative housing option for seniors

To support seniors to age in-place, the Ministry of National Development (MND) and Ministry of Health (MOH) have been studying the concept of assisted living, where housing is integrated with care services.

Following positive feedback from focus group discussions with seniors and service providers, we will launch the new flat models at a pilot site in Bukit Batok in May 2020. 

The blocks will be designed with large communal spaces on every floor, so residents can gather with their neighbours conveniently. The flats will be enhanced with senior-friendly fittings and larger bathrooms, as well as other features to accommodate those with mobility needs

There will be about 160 units in the Bukit Batok pilot development. More details will be shared in the coming weeks.

Greening and Rejuvenating our Towns

HDB Green Towns Programme

The new HDB Green Towns Programme is a 10-year plan to make existing HDB towns more sustainable and liveable by reducing energy consumption, recycling rainwater, and cooling HDB towns. These initiatives will support Singapore’s efforts to mitigate climate change and support sustainable development.

More details can be found here.

Remaking Our Heartland (ROH)

Bukit Merah, Queenstown, Choa Chu Kang, and Ang Mo Kio are the 4 towns that have been selected to be rejuvenated under the ROH 4 programme. Residents can look forward to new or revitalised facilities such as upgraded Town and Neighbourhood Centres, parks and more greenery, community spaces, and improvements to connectivity networks.

In developing the plans to revitalise the towns, we will be engaging residents to seek their views and suggestions on the improvements they would like to see in their town.

Share your ideas on the improvements you would like to see in your town, through our e-survey, from today till April 2020, and tell us how we can rejuvenate our towns together.

Helping households who need direct lift access

Since the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) was introduced in 2001, we have implemented innovative technical solutions to provide more than 5,000 HDB blocks with direct lift access. Some examples of solutions that have been successfully implemented include lifts that do not have a machine room at the top of the shafts (i.e. machine room-less lifts), and the use of smaller “home lifts” which are suitable for low-rise blocks.

Currently, there remain about 150 blocks where LUP has not been implemented due to prohibitive costs or site constraints. We will continue to explore possible ways, including new technical methods, to bring direct lift access to residents of these blocks.

In the meantime, residents living in these blocks who are in urgent need of direct lift access, due to medical conditions or mobility reasons, will be eligible for a Lift access Housing Grant (LHG) of up to $30,000 to help them buy another flat (i.e. either a new flat from HDB, or a resale flat) with lift access.