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  1. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Cut in minimum working hours to give more families low-income benefits

    Posted May 24th 2014, 03:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com More families to qualify for low-income benefits The minimum working hours to qualify for a low-income family subsidy are to be lowered by 16 hours ... the latest proposal, 60 per cent of about 204,000 families set to benefit will now qualify for the full HK$1,000. Herrick Lee Yen-hao, of the pressure group Concerning CSSA and Low Income Alliance, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1519091/cut-minimum-working-hours-give-more-families-low-income-benefits
  2. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Planning to have a baby in Hong Kong? That'll cost you HK$5.5m

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 04:03am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... The median household monthly income is HK$22,900, according to the latest government figures. The Bauhinia think tank acknowledges that child payments would eat up most of the monthly income ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1583164/planning-baby-thatll-be-hk55m
  3. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Fishing heritage may be the one that got away

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 06:29am by Vivienne Chow

    ... "The income is very unstable. Fishermen are very practical. We just want to make a living," Cheng says. Some fishermen now work from small boats and fish near the shore with gill nets, he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1592493/fishing-heritage-may-be-one-got-away
  4. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Corporate charity helps kids find their own paths

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 03:55am by Annemarie Evans

    ... or low-income families, public relations manager Erica Ko Wai-chun said. A year ago, the firm set up the Path to Adulthood- UAT Youth Cultivation Scheme to do even more to help the young people of Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1585280/corporate-charity-helps-kids-find-their-own-paths
  5. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Hong Kong's domestic helpers 'should be paid HK$4,500 a month'

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:12am by Phila Siu

    ... said the department would take into account all factors, including "the relevant income movement, price change and labour-market situation" before deciding how the wage should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588860/were-not-cheap-labour-says-maids-group
  6. News - China - SOCIETY

    Uygur-Han Chinese couples offered 10,000 yuan a year to marry in Xinjiang county

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 06:16pm by Andrea Chen

    ... the average annual rural income is 7,400 yuan- to introduce such a payment, and the first in the country to roll out detailed preferential policies to encourage inter-ethnic marriage. He said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1583806/xinjiang-county-offers-10000-yuan-reward-uygurs-who-marry-han-chinese
  7. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    200 make a cool start to weekend for charity

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 04:30am by Arthur Chan

    ... donation to the Hong Kong Neuro-Muscular Disease Association. The association has now raised HK$23 million in 11 days as the challenge caught on. Its total income last year was just HK$1.6 million, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581878/200-make-cool-start-weekend-charity
  8. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    'Write pension policy for the sake of the people'

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:14am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... from my husband's monthly income, I'm not sure we could afford it," said Chen, 45. She takes care of her two young sons while her husband works in Chinese restaurants on casual contracts. The family's income is unstable- depending on how much work her husband can get- but averages around HK$8,000 a month. The family lives in a 100 sq ft subdivided flat in Sham Shui Po ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577151/write-pension-policy-sake-people
  9. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Poll reveals widening income gap in Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Poll reveals stark contrast between rich and poor Hong Kong's poorest 20 per cent take up just 6 per cent of society's income share while the rich take up 43 per cent, a poll has found as the city's notoriously wide income gap continues to worsen. The survey, conducted last year by Ipsos Media Atlas, polled 6,100 Hongkongers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1211000/hong-kongs-poor-take-6pc-income-share-while-rich-account-43pc-poll
  10. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Civic Party presses for retirement plan it says government report ignored

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

    ... of the six proposals considered in the government's report contains at least one aspect that will not be popular with some segment of the public or business. They may include income assessment ...

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

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