Petition for all 2020 parents to be granted $3,000 baby support grant

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We, mummies and daddies of 2020 babies, understand from today's news that the baby support scheme, which is the one-time off $3000 cash, will only be offered to newborns after 1st October.

However, why is it only offered to parents of babies from 1st October 2020 onwards? Does it mean that only families with babies born in October 2020 onwards face financial hardship? A lot of us parents are suffering from a decline/ loss of income, loss of jobs due to companies’ inabilities to sustain continued employments, fear of loss of jobs in the near-future, etc. Any parent with newborns born during this pandemic would have faced some sort of financial stresses and inconveniences and would certainly benefit from this additional support. Besides, Covid-19 had started since the start of 2020. Therefore, it would only be fair if the grant was offered to all parents of newborns born in 2020.

We are appealing to the government to grant this one-off $3,000 Baby Support Grant to all parents who have babies born in 2020. It is a difficult time for all parents with newborns definitely and it shouldn’t be limited to just a cut-off date of 1 October 2020 just because “specific start dates are needed for any new measure or enhancement” (as stated by NPTD in The Straits Times, 9 Oct 2020).

Thank you!