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  1. News - Hong Kong - HONG KONG

    Means test for old age allowance to stay

    Posted Oct 09th 2012, 07:21pm by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu The government will simplify the application procedure for its new old-age allowance but will not scrap the controversial means test linked to it, the secretary for labour ... the application process easier, he said the government would send notification letters to people receiving the normal or higher old-age allowances. Those who want to receive the new subsidy will not have ...

  2. News - Hong Kong

    New means-tested old age allowance to start in April

    Posted Jan 31st 2013, 08:10pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... Lai Ying-kit The HK$2,200 new, means-tested old age living allowance will be made available to some 290,000 elderly people starting from April, the government said on Thursday. The new ... by the Social Welfare Department. The second phase will involve recipients of another old age allowance and the disability allowance applying directly for the new benefit. The third phase will allow ...

  3. News - Hong Kong

    No concessions on old-age allowance, Leung insists

    Posted Nov 01st 2012, 06:01pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... Lai Ying-kit The chief executive asserted yet again on Thursday that the proposed old-age allowance will have a means test, as legislators demanded further measures to help the poor ... that government resources can give the maximum assistance to the most needy,” Leung said. Funding for the old-age allowance scheme has yet to be approved, after legislators this week deferred a vote ...

  4. News - Hong Kong

    Democrat disagrees with waiving old-age allowance means test

    Posted Oct 06th 2012, 12:00am by Tony Cheung

    ... on the government to waive a means test for a new old-age allowance, suggesting that it was a breach of political ethics. He said he was "fading out" of party affairs "to speak for what ... that the fruit money should be doubled, but suddenly when the government is tabling a new [old-age allowance] proposal, you are asking that it become [the equivalent of doubling] the fruit money." ...

  5. News - Hong Kong

    Lawmakers move to delay old-age allowance scheme

    Posted Oct 25th 2012, 07:56pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... Lai Ying-kit The row over the old-age allowance came to a head on Thursday afternoon, as opposition lawmakers sought to block its progress while the chief secretary offered them more time ... age living allowance,” she said. The government proposes giving HK$2,200 a month to people over 65 who have assets of less than HK$186,000 and a monthly income below HK$6,660. It would ...

  6. News - Hong Kong

    Labour Party calls for scrapping of old age allowance means test

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 02:33pm by Phila Siu

    ... in spite of his party's opposition to the controversial means test proviso. Cheung said his party was calling for the scrapping of the controversial means test on the new Old Age Living Allowance so that the allowance could act as an interim measure until the government was prepared to introduce a universal pension scheme. The means test for the allowance of HK$2,200 is capped ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Recipients of Old Age Living Allowance top 310,000

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

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Recipients of old-age subsidy top 310,000 More than 310,000 elderly residents have begun getting a new HK$2,200 allowance since the scheme started ... 4. Another 30,000 people who are already on some other form of government help have passed the means test, while in the third stage, 7,000 new applicants for the old-age subsidy have received ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - SOCIAL WELFARE

    Guangdong retirees collect their fruit money

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 06:20am by Staff Reporter

    ... people are already receiving the monthly old-age allowance of HK$1,180 under the scheme for cross-border retirees that began on October 1. Previously, they could not receive the benefit unless they had lived in Hong Kong continuously for one year immediately before applying for the allowance. Commonly known as "fruit money", the old-age allowance is a monthly cash subsidy paid ...

  9. News - Hong Kong

    Lawmakers back plan to fast-track old age payments

    Posted Dec 07th 2012, 10:01pm by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee Lawmakers on Friday endorsed funding to open new posts to handle the proposed old age living allowance, a move that would likely make over-due payments to 290,000 senior ... Welfare Department to prepare for the launch of the old age living allowance as early as next April. The committee endorsed the funding requests, with a vote of 24-3. Three abstained. After ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Elderly in march for universal pension

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

    ... Johnny Tam and Jolie Ho Wheelchair-bound protesters call for scrapping of means tests on old age living allowance as stepping stone to retirement scheme for all March againstmeans tests ... to the long-awaited universal pension scheme. Their anger did not let up even as top officials reiterated that the Legislative Council should pass the proposed Old Age Living Allowance as soon as possible ...




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