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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Sizing up poverty in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 12:00am by Carrie Lam

    ... Carrie Lam Carrie Lam says setting Hong Kong's first official poverty line is only the start of the massive work of providing targeted, effective help to ensure the fruits of economic growth are shared by all A helping hand Publication of Hong Kong's first official poverty line at the Commission on Poverty summit on Saturday marked a significant step forward ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1320690/sizing-poverty-hong-kong
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Setting a poverty line is just the start

    Posted Oct 01st 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial A poverty line is just the start Over the weekend, more than one million people were officially declared "poor" in Hong Kong. This came after the government released for the first time a poverty line defining who is poor in this city of seven million. Those earning less than half of median monthly household income are classified as needy. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1321637/setting-poverty-line-just-start
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    How to eradicate poverty - at least by the official definition

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... - at least by the official definition At the weekend, the Hong Kong government rolled out its latest big idea: an official poverty line. In its wisdom, the government decreed that anyone earning less ... Setting your poverty line relative to median income is a little like having an education secretary who declares that all children should get above-average exam grades. Your policy is never going ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1323068/how-eradicate-poverty-least-official-definition
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    In fight against poverty, Hong Kong needs basic respect for workers

    Posted Oct 09th 2013, 12:00am by Paul Yip

    ... in the community. However, it is also important to realise that a certain proportion of the population will always be below a relative poverty line (in Hong Kong's case, 50 per cent of the median ... The proportion of Hong Kong's population below the poverty line has been around 15-20 per cent in the past two decades. The latest figure is 19.6 per cent. As the chief secretary rightly pointed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1327185/fight-against-poverty-hong-kong-needs-basic-respect-workers
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Jumping up and down about poverty

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... the government's poverty forum which launched - with much fanfare over the weekend - the city's first poverty line with various calculation methods. That is, we can't seem to talk to each other ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Jumping up and down about poverty "Poverty" is politics. I put it in quotations because it is exactly like "democracy", a highly contested term ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1320866/jumping-and-down-about-poverty
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Apec must prioritise poverty alleviation for its 'forgotten billion'

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:30am by GLOBAL POVERTY PROJECT

    ... Michael Sheldrick and William Cuming Michael Sheldrick and William Cuming say forum has to remain relevant to needs of its people Apec must put poverty alleviation for 'forgotten ... them still live in rural areas, many in extreme poverty. And yet, development issues affecting Apec's "forgotten billion" have received little to no substantive attention at many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1574298/apec-must-prioritise-poverty-alleviation-its-forgotten
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Defining poverty line for Hong Kong is just the first step

    Posted Oct 12th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Poverty line is just the first step Leung Chun-ying appointed a task force to prepare for the revival of the Commission on Poverty even before he became chief executive. ... the handover. The group says the city will define a poverty line that will help shape policy for recognising and alleviating the plight of low earners and welfare recipients. Officials now acknowledge ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1059026/defining-poverty-line-hong-kong-just-first-step
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Getting facts on poverty is crucial first step

    Posted Feb 04th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Facts on poverty crucial first step Governments need facts and figures to do the job of governing properly. Hong Kong's lack of an officially recognised poverty line ... statistic. Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung's recent announcement that a poverty line would be defined by the end of the year is understandably welcome. Following Chief ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1142779/getting-facts-poverty-crucial-first-step
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Can we ever get rid of poverty?

    Posted Dec 14th 2013, 05:18am by Alex Lo

    ... to disagree with him. The way the government has now drawn the poverty line- those earning less than half of median monthly household income- is comparative. So it's almost by definition you will always have someone below it. The new poverty line equates to HK$3,600 for a single worker and HK$11,500 for a family of three. After discounting existing benefits paid in cash, some 403,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1380026/can-we-ever-get-rid-poverty
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - THE VIEW

    China’s strategy: keep tilting the playing field until someone notices

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 10:38am by RICHARD HARRIS

    ... and with the armed forces. It touched Hong Kong with June’s White Paper that was calculated to reinforce China’s hold over the special administrative region. The new leadership has drawn its lines ... and hopefully pleasing the people, who have tired of paying under the counter. There is more official emphasis on environmental protection and reducing poverty. The authorities have levelled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1578314/chinas-strategy-keep-tilting-playing-field-until-someone

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