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More married couples living near their parents

More married couples have chosen to live together or close to their parents in the same HDB estate.

SINGAPORE: More married couples have chosen to live together or close to their parents in the same HDB estate.

According to the recently concluded Housing Development Board (HDB) Sample Household Survey (SHS), the proportion of those who live together or close by to their parents in the same HDB estate has grown to 37 per cent in 2013 from 31 per cent in 2003.

This was highlighted by Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, in his blog on Sunday.

The survey also showed that 50 per cent of couples would like to live together or near their parents in 2013, but only 37 per cent were able to do so.

Mr Khaw said families living close to one another make a lot of practical sense. It will also nurture strong family bonds and family values can be passed on from grandparents to their grandchildren.

The HDB has already given priority to Singaporeans who apply for a BTO flat in the same HDB estate as their parents. However, Mr Khaw asked if "absolute priority" can be given.

First-timers who buy a HDB resale flat with or in the same estate as their parents are eligible for the higher-tier CPF Housing Grant of S$40,000 instead of S$30,000.

Mr Khaw questioned if "the difference" should be widened and whether more people will live together with or near their parents as a result of such a move.

He also asked if the HDB should build more 3Gen flats to cater for multi-generational living, but wondered if Singaporeans were "prepared to pay slightly more for the larger size and better location".

Mr Khaw said these are "some areas which we would like to invite Singaporeans to discuss, as a matter of what we value as a people and the priorities we can agree on as a society."

He invited the public to share their views in the upcoming Housing Conversations on "Closer Families, Stronger Ties". 

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