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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Poverty hits mainland children in Hong Kong

    Posted Dec 13th 2012, 01:44pm by Phila Siu

    ... the mainland, 37.2 per cent of children lived under the poverty line, said Professor Chou Kee-lee, associate head of the Department of Asian and Policy Study at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. When both parents are from the mainland, 42 per cent of the children live in poverty, he found. Chou used government figures for his study and set his poverty line at one-half the city’s median ...

  2. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, February 1, 2013

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am

    ... as its chairman is perfectly proper. I am confident that it is not only fully supported by members of the Bar but also respected by the community. Margaret Ng, Central    Poverty line not the way to help needy It was announced in the policy address that the Commission on Poverty would set a poverty line to help officials come up with the right policies that can help alleviate the plight ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Carrie Lam faces critics on government's approach towards poverty

    Posted Oct 30th 2013, 04:27am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Carrie Lam faces critics on poverty approach Armed with an official poverty line and a vow to tackle the problem of low-income families, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the government was "committed to dealing with poverty" but it could never be completely eradicated- a line lawmakers did not buy. Facing the Legislative ...

  4. Comment - Letters

    Tackle food waste today to create a sustainable future

    Posted Nov 16th 2014, 06:16am by LETTERS

    ... It has been suggested that restaurants be encouraged to deal with food waste in a proactive manner. Considering that there are still many people living under the poverty line in Hong Kong, ...

  5. Panel won't draw the line on poverty

    Posted Feb 19th 2005, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee Social indicators will be devised to identify groups of people in need, instead of drawing a rigid poverty line, the financial secretary said yesterday, as a top-level body ... bureaus. Describing the meeting as constructive, Mr Tang said it was not practicable to use a single poverty line to define those in need. Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) was just ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - OPERATION SANTA CLAUS

    Bringing warmth and cheer to the hungry

    Posted Nov 25th 2014, 05:11am by Ernest Kao

    ... of thousands of households and working adults living under the poverty line do not make enough to afford three healthy meals a day. The foundation estimates that the total average spending per day ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Set target for poverty relief, say Labour Party lawmakers

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

    ... the city's first official poverty line at half of the median household income, or HK$3,600 for a single person and HK$14,300 for a family of four. But the government ruled out setting a target ... the government's stance was "completely unacceptable" and that failing to set a target defeated the purpose of defining a poverty line. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor reiterated ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Minimum wage must be enough to sustain basic living for the poor

    Posted Nov 05th 2014, 12:09pm by KALINA TSANG

    ... but also inflation and would thus be more reasonable. While the official poverty line guides the setting of a minimum wage level, the basic cost of living should be taken into consideration, too. ... a million people live in poverty in Hong Kong, with the working poor making up a large percentage of this number. When the statutory minimum wage was implemented in 2011 to ensure workers were paid ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Liberal Party leader James Tien calls on CY Leung to resign

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 05:32pm by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... People's Party, said that Leung still had work to do and there was "no need" for him to quit early. "He has set the first official poverty line for Hong Kong, and [has been] grabbing ...




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