New ministry will have 190 staff
SINGAPORE - The new Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) to be helmed by Acting Minister Lawrence Wong from November will have about 190 staff, seven in 10 of whom will be from the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.
The rest will be from the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, which currently has 300 staff, a Government spokesperson told TODAY.
The staff, who will be sited at the MICA Building on Hill Street - in the same building as the future Ministry of Communications and Information - will be selected based on their current scope of work, in line with functions of the MCCY. Staff affected by the restructuring have been informed.
The MCYS - which will be renamed the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) from November - will have a staff strength of 1,100 after the exercise, said a ministry spokesperson.
"Our immediate priority is to ensure continuity in our current areas of coverage from family and social services to community development, youth and sports, as MCYS works towards a successful transition to the new ministries," he said.
After the name change, MSF will continue to oversee the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).
The NCSS said the move to have a ministry focusing on social and family development was well-received by ground agencies.
NCSS CEO Ang Bee Lian said: "What we hope to really see at the end of this whole reorganisation perhaps of the ministries, is that we want to be able to really help more people and help people better."
By Neo Chai Chin
01 August 2012