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  1. Reading between the poverty lines

    Posted Sep 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... C.K Lau There's a world of difference between measuring poverty by how much one earns and how much one spends. Professor Wong Chack-kie and Assistant Professor Wong Hung, of the Chinese University's social work department, have found that if the poverty line is drawn at 50 per cent of median household income, then 20.3 per cent of Hong Kong families were poor ...

  2. Drawing the poverty line

    Posted Aug 20th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for those on welfare. The asset and income limits imposed on CSSA applicants are Hong Kong's de facto 'poverty lines'. ... is classed as poor, while the cut-off figures for households with two, three, four and five members are $6,300, $8,400, $9,500 and $9,950, respectively. But this way of defining poverty is rejected ...

  3. Support for body to wage war on poverty

    Posted Nov 04th 2004, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung A motion urging the government to set up a committee against poverty was endorsed by lawmakers last night. But a call to establish a poverty line to identify the poor ... and People's Livelihood, said a poverty line could help the government better identify and help those in need. Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun, who moved the amendment, said the number ...

  4. Bold action needed to break poverty cycle

    Posted Dec 30th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... spending or huge increases in the numbers receiving CSSA. Setting an official poverty line would be a good start. This would help the new commission to better understand the scale of the problem- and the precise difficulties that people face. It is sometimes argued that the CSSA system provides a poverty line of its own. But this overlooks workers on low incomes and the many people who are too ...

  5. Premier's dream is to eliminate poverty

    Posted May 07th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... not reflect the full extent of poverty in China. '[The poverty line of] 625 yuan [a year] is based on price levels in 2000,' Premier Wen Jiabao told a group of Chinese immigrants and students in Brussels. 'This level is pretty low. If we raise the poverty line by 200 yuan, then 80 million people are living in poverty.' The central government claimed to have eradicated ...

  6. Poverty campaign praised

    Posted Apr 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... survey drew the poverty line at an annual income of 625 yuan, while the 2001 survey raised it to 865 yuan. He also admitted the benchmark for poverty was much lower than the international ... David Fang The government's efforts to ease poverty have been praised by a UN official, but the real situation is clouded by shifting definitions of poverty, a State Council official ...

  7. One in four HK children live in poverty

    Posted Oct 17th 2004, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... day, found that 1.12 million people live below the poverty line. The study, based on data collected by the Census and Statistics Department in 2001, showed that the problem was most serious in Shamshuipo, Kwun Tong and Yuen Long. In each of these districts more than one fifth of the population lived below the poverty line. Kwun Tong has the highest number of people living in poverty ...

  8. Commission sought to tackle poverty

    Posted Mar 09th 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... services panel that the government should set a poverty line and a minimum wage, and establish an old-age pension scheme. They said the government's contracting out of services was making more ... Mary Ann Benitez A minimum wage and old-age pension are essential, say academics and NGOs A high-level commission is needed to map out long-term policies to end poverty, academics and NGOs ...

  9. Wider rural poverty gap causes alarm

    Posted Jul 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... below the official poverty line- was weakening. Authorities defined the rural poor as having a maximum annual income of 637 yuan last year. Economist Wei Jie said he did not think the change ... another economic imbalance- between the poorest and the poor. Liu Jian, deputy chief of the State Council's poverty-alleviation office, said that in 1992 farmers earned about 21/2 times ...

  10. Private sector urged to join nation's fight against poverty

    Posted Oct 18th 2004, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... 30.7 per cent to about 3 per cent. China's poverty line stands at about 625 yuan in annual income per person. The report said the reductions came in part from the central government's ... says a top government official on poverty. Liu Jian, director of the State Council's Office of Poverty Alleviation, said private-sector institutions, such as charitable organisations, held ...




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