Senior citizen card 'should start at 60'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 March, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 March, 2000, 12:00am

The Social Welfare Department was urged yesterday to lower the age of eligibility for senior citizen cards from 65 to 60.

Lai Yuk-ying from the Alliance for Elderly Welfare said: 'We have asked many shops in eight of the 19 districts and most said they wished to offer discounts to people above 60.' Ms Lai said although most of the group's 2,400 members were already eligible for the card, they hoped the 'younger ones' could also get it.

'There are lots of elderly people aged over 60 but under 65 who cannot enjoy the benefit. Every dollar is very important to us when we are old and without a job.' However, a department spokesman insisted yesterday there was no plan to change the age.

There are 619,000 card holders, 81 per cent of eligible senior citizens. They obtain discounted prices, concessions and priority services offered by 2,142 outlets, including all major transport companies, government departments, clinics, restaurants, banks and many shops.