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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    HK$10 billion discrepancy over welfare bill after policy address

    Posted Jan 18th 2014, 03:58am by TANNA CHONG AND TONY CHEUNG

    ... Tanna Chong and Tony Cheung Confusion as officials appear unsure of whether package will cost HK$20 billion, or just half that HK$10b discrepancy over welfare bill Despite repeated reassurances that the generous welfare package rolled out in Wednesday's policy address is "financially sustainable", top officials appear unsure of what the total bill will be. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1408078/hk10-billion-discrepancy-over-welfare-bill-after-policy-address
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    Welfare to support working families is affordable, declares Carrie Lam

    Posted Jan 17th 2014, 04:14am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Carrie Lam rejects criticism of government welfare policy, pointing out new allowance depends upon an assets test and supports families in work Poverty action 'affordable' Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has brushed off concerns over the city's rising welfare expenditure, offering strong support for the headline poverty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1407202/welfare-support-working-families-affordable-declares-carrie-lam
  3. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    5,000 more subsidised elderly-care places to be provided by 2017

    Posted Jan 17th 2014, 02:21pm by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Subsidised elderly-care places to increase by 5,000 An extra 5,000 government-subsidised places at elderly-care homes will be provided within the term of this administration, the welfare chief says. Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung pledged to provide 5,000 more of the coveted spaces, but declined to set an optimal waiting time ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1407620/plan-subsidise-5000-more-places-homes-elderly
  4. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    Satisfaction with policy address down from last year, says HKU poll

    Posted Jan 18th 2014, 03:58am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... of little or no help. "Feedback from the social welfare sector is more positive than … that of the general public, because many of our suggestions were taken into account," said Chua ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1407875/satisfaction-policy-address-down-last-year-says-hku-poll
  5. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    Middle-class feel Leung Chun-ying's policy address neglected their needs

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 10:57am by Jeffie Lam and Tanna Chong

    ... despite his multibillion-dollar splurge on welfare. "My family is living on an income of HK$30,000 per month but I have to pay off my mortgage, take care of two family members, employ a maid ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1406749/middle-class-feel-leung-chun-yings-policy-address-neglected-their
  6. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    For one working poor family, new subsidies don't go far enough

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 04:54pm by Phila Siu

    ... and including seven Community Care Fund programmes in the government's bag of recurrent social welfare schemes. While the subsidies and concessions will help the poor now, they fall short ... living below the poverty line- but not on welfare- above it, and to prevent those on the brink from falling below it. To be eligible, families need to comprise at least two people, one of whom ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1406209/cy-leungs-aid-low-income-households-does-little-help-them-family-say
  7. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    Middle class and SME owners bemoan lack of sweeteners for them in policy address

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 07:11am by Phila Siu, Jennifer Ngo and Gary Cheung

    ... amounts of public money being spent on social welfare might bring higher taxes. And Chinese University political scientist Ivan Choy Chi-keung said the proposed increase in recurrent expenditure ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1406452/middle-class-and-sme-owners-bemoan-lack-sweeteners-them-policy
  8. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    Low-income family supplement a step forward but more needs to be done

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 07:11am by HO HEI-WAH

    ... households that do not receive welfare have monthly incomes below the official poverty line, of which 48 per cent- 143,500 families consisting of 493,200 people- are working poor. Statistically, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1406450/low-income-family-supplement-step-forward-more-needs-be-done
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    CY policy address focuses on increased housing and poverty fight

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 11:14am by Lai Ying Kit

    ... on Privately Owned Sites for Welfare Uses. The government will also seek to enhance regular assistance to disabled people through the Community Care Fund. “[We propose to] regularise three Community ... people on the central waiting list for subsidised residential-care places,” Leung said. The Social Welfare Department will invite eligible Hongkongers to apply for those places in the second ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1406023/live-cy-leung-gives-his-second-annual-policy-address
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    VOXPOP: What do they say about CY Leung's latest blueprint?

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 07:06pm

    ... But I support its plan to increase social welfare for the poor, given that it has a large fiscal surplus. There are a lot of underprivileged people in Hong Kong." Patrick Kwan, 42, employer of a PR ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1406246/voxpop-what-do-they-say-about-cy-leungs-latest-blueprint

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