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  1. Payments to low-income groups increase

    Posted Aug 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lai Ying-kit People on social welfare will receive an extra 4.4 per cent a month from today. The increase in standard payments under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance scheme was approved by the Legislative Council in June as part of efforts to help mitigate the impact of inflation on low-income groups and the jobless. The increase will cost HK$554 million a year. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/647391/payments-low-income-groups-increase
  2. Social workers plead for understanding

    Posted Dec 24th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam, Martin Wong

    ... union says. The Hong Kong Chinese Civil Servants Association's social security assistants branch, in an announcement in a Chinese-language newspaper yesterday, claimed the Social Welfare Department lacked staff to handle welfare applications. The announcement followed a report by the Ombudsman last week on abuse of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA). The announcement ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664857/social-workers-plead-understanding
  3. Company bosses must realise they have social responsibility

    Posted Oct 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of a large number of our working poor quitting their jobs and turning to our comprehensive social security assistance. Our welfare system would certainly be strained, putting more financial burden ... argument in this regard simply does not make sense. Also, the economic value of a person's labour is subjective. Take the case of the working poor in Hong Kong who are not on social security ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/657958/company-bosses-must-realise-they-have-social-responsibility
  4. Food crisis flags hole in social fabric

    Posted Jul 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance because they have not lived in the city for seven years. 'Many of these families of cross-border marriages have to share their welfare money among two ... security. 'My husband has to work as it is impossible for three of us to live on one person's social security assistance.' But her husband, who works on a construction site, has had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/646770/food-crisis-flags-hole-social-fabric
  5. Should the government subsidise students from low-income families to participate in extra-curricular activities?

    Posted Dec 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... activities. Schools should also provide a transport allowance to these underprivileged students. Such subsidies would help create equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their social background. Shruti Srinivasan won the first round of the debate Kevin Kung, 18, Ying Wa College Students from families who receive Comprehensive Social Security Assistance enjoy a government subsidy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664284/should-government-subsidise-students-low-income-families-participate-extra-curricular
  6. Easing the burden

    Posted Dec 17th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... to education spending. One reason is the surge in the number of able-bodied, working-age people receiving Comprehensive Social Security Assistance, up from about 112,000 a decade ago to some 209,000 ... our language,' he said. 'Social investment has a return. If people have more security and confidence in the future, it's also good for the economy. This [change] needs to start ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664054/easing-burden
  7. Reinvest the record surplus for a more secure future

    Posted Jan 24th 2008, 12:00am by Joseph Cheng

    ... gifts. They will probably include an extra month of Old Age Allowance, or an additional payment of HK$1,000 to HK$2,000 each; an extra monthly payment of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance ... (MPF) scheme, in general, is far from adequate to provide for a decent retirement. A pension scheme that pays little more than social security is obviously unsatisfactory. But a plan to raise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/624023/reinvest-record-surplus-more-secure-future
  8. CSSA grant checks 'too lax'

    Posted Dec 19th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme. Special grants are given to CSSA recipients who face exceptional hardship. In one case, a CSSA recipient who had been on the scheme since 2003 was given ... Agnes Lam Ombudsman says welfare staff failed to make sure claims were valid The Ombudsman has hit out at frontline staff at the Social Welfare Department, saying some lack common sense ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664338/cssa-grant-checks-too-lax
  9. Social workers plead for understanding

    Posted Dec 24th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The public should understand the plight of frontline social workers as they are overworked and understaffed, a social workers' union says. The Chinese Civil Servants Association's social security assistants branch, in an announcement in a Chinese-language newspaper yesterday, said the Social Welfare Department lacked the staff to handle welfare applications. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664868/social-workers-plead-understanding
  10. Bid to raise CSSA payout to go to Legco

    Posted Dec 08th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung says a proposal to increase the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance payout by 4.7 per cent will go to the Legislative Council this week. Mr Cheung said the proposed adjustment level was reasonable because it was pegged to the inflation rate. He also said disabled workers had been consulted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/663014/bid-raise-cssa-payout-go-legco

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