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  1. Absence limit for 'fruit money' may be eased

    Posted Jul 08th 2010, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... in which the Court of First Instance struck down a government requirement that applicants for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance must have lived continuously in the city for a year. ... 'The Comprehensive Social Security Assistance scheme is designed to provide financial support to families in need to meet basic needs, whereas the Social Security Allowance (SSA) scheme, made ...

  2. Welfare body report urges increase on earnings cap

    Posted May 18th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... proposed. The Hong Kong Council of Social Service released a report yesterday suggesting people on Comprehensive Social Security Assistance might leave social welfare if they were allowed to earn ... to $1,200 a month. The council's chief executive, Christine Fang Meng-sang, said a sense of asset-building would encourage recipients to stand on their own feet and leave the social security ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - OMBUDSMAN

    Confusion over social security means test

    Posted Jan 11th 2013, 12:00am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Confusion over social security means test The Ombudsman has hit out at the Social Welfare Department for setting "contradictory criteria" that led to an elderly couple initially losing a month's payments in Comprehensive Social Security Assistance. The issue revolves around whether the CSSA asset means test should still be applicable ...

  4. Plans to overhaul outdated welfare computer system

    Posted Dec 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Launched in 2000, the present system provides online support for about 2,100 Social Welfare Department staff operating social security schemes, including Comprehensive Social Security Assistance ... Eva Wu The government plans to replace its eight-year-old welfare computer system, saying improvements are urgently needed to ensure smooth working of the social security system. ...

  5. Comment - Letters

    Social security for all Hong Kong residents is for the greater good

    Posted Dec 27th 2013, 03:31am by LETTERS

    ... and not just permanent residents or those who have been here for an arbitrary seven years, can take advantage of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance benefits. The public will probably view ... SCMP Editorial Social security for all HK residents is for the greater good Finally Hong Kong's top court proves that there is one bastion of hope left in this city (" Judges ...

  6. Only 2.5pc want welfare state

    Posted Sep 01st 2004, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... benefits provided by the government should cover only the basic needs of recipients. A total of 60.6 per cent of respondents to the study said they regarded Comprehensive Social Security Assistance as social assistance, while 24.4 per cent said it was a civic right. Thirty-seven per cent said they did not want to pay more taxes to improve social welfare, while 32.1 per cent said they would. ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    Carrie Lam proposes one-stop agency to take stigma out of claiming benefits

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 12:00am by Phila Siu, Jennifer Ngo

    ... on low incomes who did not apply for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance because "they want to be self-reliant" and avoid being labelled or stigmatised. Lam, who is chairwoman ... less than HK$3,600 a month would fall below the poverty line under 2012 statistics. Lam said she was aware that many low-income families qualified to receive Comprehensive Social Security ...

  8. Ombudsman acts after worker denied aid despite losing leg

    Posted Oct 10th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... other people who face a similar situation. It is our right to have the allowance,' said Lee, who gets HK$3,000 a month in Comprehensive Social Security Assistance. 'I earned HK$10,000 ... for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance. ...

  9. Social welfare sector in line for $300m budget cut

    Posted Feb 07th 2004, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... yesterday. But the government source said there was no immediate plan to cut Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) payments further. The news provoked fierce criticism from welfare groups. Virginia Chan Choi-ying, assistant director of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, which represents 290 non-governmental organisations, said the government was exposing their council members ...

  10. Minimum wage study in Europe

    Posted Sep 10th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... were interested in finding out information about low-income earners who had been receiving Comprehensive Social Security Assistance for some time. A draft statutory minimum wage bill ... for the administration to study the present Comprehensive Social Security Assistance scheme to see how it can work with the statutory minimum wage to make sure jobless people are motivated to work.' Lau ...




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