Previously, agencies accredited by the Social Development Network (SDN) were not allowed to hold events for people of a particular age group or religion, because that might appear discriminatory.But demand from singles for dating events aimed at specific age groups or faiths prompted the Ministry of Social and Family Development to change its guidelines some time in the middle of last year.
"Agencies also told us that targeted events would be more effective," a spokesman said.
The Sunday Times understands that agencies must still cap the number of such targeted events to no more than a fifth of the total number of get-togethers they hold.
The number of single Singaporeans above 40 years old is on the rise, and they are getting new help to find love.
Dating agencies have begun holding more mass match-making events, such as speed-dating, tailored especially for older singles since they were given the green light to do this.
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