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  1. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    Give more elderly Hongkongers social security benefits to reduce poverty: study

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 04:18am by VICTORIA ANN DUTHIE

    ... people, compared with the 50 per cent now covered. CSSA is a key government welfare scheme helping low-income groups. The expansion plan would cost an extra HK$5.3 billion on average per year. ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    Universal pension? It's all up to the chief executive now

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 04:18am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... as a compromise solution to retirement protection for workers. Employees contribute 5 per cent of their monthly income and the government matches that with 5 per cent. The money goes ... low-income earners and vulnerable groups. Yip said 30 per cent of MPF members had wages so low that their take-home pay could not even cover their expenses. So, universal pensions should still ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    Income the key factor in setting poverty line

    Posted Aug 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Income the key factor in setting poverty line Income is the most common measurement for poverty worldwide, although it is used in different ways to reach a definition. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service both use a level of half or less than half of the median household income to define ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    Poor Hong Kong parents going hungry to provide for their children, says Oxfam

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 05:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... cent of low-income parents cut down on their food and medical expenses in order to provide for their children, a report on the working poor reveals. Oxfam Hong Kong spoke to 400 families ... and at least one full-time worker- and an income of less than half the median household income for families of the same size. "Many of them told us that they hate being associated with the Social ...

  5. News - China - POVERTY

    Plight of China's relocated poor highlights party's ‘development dilemma’

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 11:49am by AFP

    ... Under Xi Jinping, the Communist party has promised to speed up changes to hukou, a residency system which denies rural incomers equal access to services such as schooling and health care. ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    Hong Kong's poverty rate halved if housing subsidies are counted, study finds

    Posted Sep 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com But welfare advocates say public housing should not be part of income calculations Poverty rate halved if flat subsidies are counted The number of poor in Hong Kong drops by almost half- from 1.29 million to 690,000- if public housing subsidies are counted as part of a family's income, a study found. The figures will be presented ...

  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 ... that the official poverty line was set at half of the city's median household income, meaning that the 1.31 million people in the city below it were officially poor. A person living alone and earning ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    Bad government policy worsens poverty, says ex-adviser Goodstadt

    Posted Sep 28th 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... income. It is expected to show that 1.3 million people are living in poverty. Goodstadt said the administration of the first chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, was overwhelmed by the post-1997 ... incomes, he writes, but are deprived in terms of housing, health, educational and welfare needs. "Welfare has never been high on the political agenda," said Goodstadt, commenting ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    Reform of CSSA welfare payments urged to bring people out of poverty

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... to take a serious look at the feasibility of offering a low-income subsidy to those eligible to ease poverty, it is understood the government may also mull an overhaul of the social security net. ... with long-term illnesses to be considered eligible as individuals, given that all CSSA standards are currently based on household size and income. Another idea is to abolish what is called in Cantonese ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    Lack of trust in Hong Kong government 'hampers poverty fight'

    Posted Aug 20th 2013, 12:00am by Tanna Chong

    ... Chua Hoi-wai. "Poverty is an issue which we need to harness in solidarity." About 1.2 million Hongkongers live in poverty, and their situation is worsening as the income gap widens. ... income- would be announced at a poverty summit on September 28. "It is only a proxy to understand the poverty problem. We need to take many other indicators, such as conducting deprivation ...




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