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  1. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Sales tax mooted to fund pension for all

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 05:31am by TIMMY SUNG

    ... outcry in 2006. "A payroll tax would affect the grass-roots," said Law, a former lawmaker and a founding member of the Democratic Party. "It would be easier for the public ... a sales tax now would be doubly controversial, given poor retail sales. Lawmaker Vincent Fang Kang, who represents the retail sector, believes elderly people are already adequately protected, ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Set target for poverty relief, say Labour Party lawmakers

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... for poverty relief, lawmakers say Labour Party lawmakers want the government to set a target of halving the number of people who are living in poverty within four years. A summit last weekend set ... for reducing the number living below the line, now 1.31 million people. If welfare is included as income, this figures drops to 1.01 million. Labour lawmaker and party chairman Lee Cheuk-yan said ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Court's landmark benefits ruling could cost taxpayers an extra HK$197m a year

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 04:02am by Stuart Lau

    ... Security Assistance. "We will pay close attention to the overall development and make accurate estimates," Cheung told lawmakers at a meeting yesterday to scrutinise the 2014/15 budget. ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Expansion of nursing services under fire

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 04:33am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Lawmakers question HK$20 billion plan to pay NGOs to provide beds, saying it lacks specifics and leaves out needy districts Expansion of nursing services under fire A funding proposal for HK$10 billion to expand the nursing services of NGOs for the elderly and the disabled has come under criticism from lawmakers for a lack of direction, less than ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    330 welfare claims from recent immigrants after court's CSSA ruling

    Posted Dec 21st 2013, 05:04am by Tony Cheung

    ... few days- before processing them. In response to concerns from lawmakers about the figures, Annie Tam Kam-lan, permanent secretary for labour and welfare, promised to "keep a careful ... for CSSA between April and October this year, but could not provide statistics on how many local residents applied in the past three days. At a Legco finance committee meeting yesterday, lawmakers ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    HK$4.3b health insurance plan to help patients with long-term illnesses qualify for private care

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 05:40am by Emily Tsang

    ... HK$15,000 may be too high, especially for the retired. But the lawmaker for the insurance sector, Chan Kin-por, said the offer would still be attractive to chronically ill people. "Many have ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    DAB hints it could back means-tested new old-age allowance

    Posted Oct 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... and a monthly income below HK$6,660. The DAB also opposed Labour Party lawmaker Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung's motion to delay the finance's committee scrutiny and to backdate the start ... to 69 but payable to all over-70s. Of the DAB's 13 lawmakers, Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing will, as usual, be absent from the finance committee meeting. If the remaining 12 all ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Glitch delays old-age allowance payments to elderly

    Posted Mar 30th 2013, 12:00am by Jolie Ho and Jennifer Ngo

    ... recipients. "I am a few years older than my wife. Why did she get the [green letter] while I didn't?" he asked. FTU lawmaker Aron Kwok Wai-keung said the department knew it did not have the data before 2000. "Why didn't they earlier inform the elderly who started getting the subsidy before 2000 and arrange for them to register again?" he asked. Fellow FTU lawmaker ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Welfare minister broke deadlock over funding for new old age allowance

    Posted Dec 09th 2012, 12:00am by Tony Cheung, Gary Cheung

    ... have to thank for overcoming a block by lawmakers on a new HK$2,200-a-month allowance is Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, says a government source. It was Cheung who ... by mixing up its funding requests for the allowance and the jobs. "The government was mischievous," pan-democratic lawmaker Frederick Fung Kin-kee said in a radio interview. Cheung said ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Elderly in march for universal pension

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 12:00am by Johnny Tam, JOLIE HO

    ... Matthew Cheung Kin-chung appealed to lawmakers again to pass the bill in the coming Legco finance committee meeting this coming Friday for the sake of the elderly, but he reiterated there was no room for amendment. He reassured lawmakers that implementing the allowance won't stop discussion on future retirement plans. "We will look into two very important issues: social ...




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