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  1. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    For older workers seeking stability, a small pension is better than nothing

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 04:00am by Phila Siu

    ... in a government-commissioned study led by University of Hong Kong academic Professor Nelson Chow Wing-sun. "Of course it is not enough. But it's better than nothing," she said. "If I really get ... don't know." The proposed plan's qualification age is 65. Yu works at a Tai Po shopping centre for HK$30.20 an hour- just 20 cents more than the statutory minimum wage. The job brings ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1578672/older-workers-seeking-stability-small-pension-better-nothing
  2. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Proposed HK$3,000-a-month pension 'could be cut in tough economic times'

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 12:35pm by Phila Siu

    ... debate would be needed before the city shrank the payouts to elderly people, lead researcher Professor Nelson Chow Wing-sun of the University of Hong Kong said. "In the worst-case scenario, the amount can be lowered," Chow told RTHK a day after he presented the findings to the government-appointed Commission on Poverty, chaired by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. Under ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1578366/proposed-hk3000-monthly-pension-could-be-lowered-tough-economic-times
  3. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    New tax of up to 2.5pc proposed to fund HK$3,000 a month pension for all Hongkongers

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 07:07pm by Phila Siu, Shirley Zhao and Emily Tsang

    ... but an additional profits tax- as groups such as the Federation of Trade Unions proposed- would not be required. The study was headed by University of Hong Kong academic Nelson Chow Wing-sun. "If the government can make a decision by 2017 [on whether to introduce the scheme], then I would say that my effort on the study had not been wasted," Chow said after a presentation to the Commission ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577784/study-recommends-monthly-hk3000-pension-tackle-elderly-poverty-crisis
  4. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Shedding light on one man's life without sight

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 04:18am by Jessie Lau

    ... completely blind, his eyesight began deteriorating when he was pursuing his master's degree in biotechnology about 25 years ago. Once an engineer and a manager, Calvin now works as a waiter ... the barrier." The prospect of losing his sight hasn't always been easy for Calvin to deal with. "It's really psychological," he said. "You go from mid-management to a waiter... ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1576256/shedding-light-one-mans-life-without-sight
  5. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    14 years to buy a flat: Quality of life in Hong Kong going down, shows survey

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 04:13am by BRIAN YAP

    ... to buy a 400 sq ft flat in Kowloon," Terence Chong Tai-leung, associate professor in the university's department of economics, said. "Now they would have to stop eating and live ... of an article. They also included a search of the Oriental Press Group headquarters' server room in Tai Po by Fire Services Department officers after an unverified email complaint about ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1573019/14-years-save-flat-just-dont-eat
  6. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Helping the hands that feed you

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 04:06am by Jessie Lau

    ... with customers." The enterprise allows housewives such as 47-year-old To to work flexible hours and be productive in society, said Yuen So-ying, assistant manager of the hospital board's development ... their heart, they can do well ROY LAM, SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MANAGER All seven are funded by a Home Affairs Department programme to enhance self-reliance and provide jobs for socially disadvantaged people. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1573736/helping-hands-feed-you
  7. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Should it be illegal to call someone 'locust'? Protection for mainlanders dominates law debate

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 05:44am by Amy Nip

    ... [about the tourist influx]." Commission chairman York Chow Yat-ngok said more than 1,000 submissions on the issue had been received. While it was illegal to urinate in public, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570269/it-discrimination-say-locust-protection-mainlanders-dominates-debate
  8. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Civic Party presses for retirement plan it says government report ignored

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 05:28am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... by welfare and social work professor Nelson Chow Wing-sun from the University of Hong Kong, was a way for it to put off enacting any kind of meaningful change in the public retirement system. Kwok ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1568558/civic-party-presses-retirement-plan-it-says-government-report-ignored
  9. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Crunch time for new pension plan, says Professor Nelson Chow

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 05:06am by LO WEI

    ... to study the issue said yesterday. Commissioned by the government last year, Professor Nelson Chow Wing-sun and his team have spent a year making detailed calculations on six proposals- including ... size of the working population and salary growth in the next 30 years. The new scheme would replace the existing old-age allowance and old-age living allowance. Chow said yesterday that now ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1543209/crunch-time-new-pension-plan-says-professor-nelson-chow
  10. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Welfare benefits not enough for rent

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 04:09am by CALVIN LIU

    ... such as management, installation and renewal fees. Many of those polled said they could not afford their rent on top of additional miscellaneous charges such as water and electricity bills. "So bad, so ... "The Hong Kong government should revisit the current situation for CSSA tenants renting private housing," said Chan Tai-sing of CSSA Alliance, a group of organisations campaigning ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1559264/welfare-benefits-not-enough-rent

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