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  1. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    More Hong Kong elderly live in poverty, study says

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by JOLIE HO, LO WEI

    ... poverty line, the council sets the poverty level at half the median household income, which amounts to HK$3,500 for one person and HK$13,250 for a household of four. Based on this criterion, ... the present government would set a poverty line for Hong Kong. The previous administration said the city did not need one. "One of the functions of the Commission on Poverty to be set up ...

  2. News - Hong Kong

    Leung Chun-ying has strong support base, says Lam Woon-kwong

    Posted Nov 20th 2012, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... governments- such as plans to draw a poverty line and study standard working hours. "Setting a poverty line was … taboo in the previous government, but he decided to do it … It shows his ...

  3. Wealth gap needs leaders' attention

    Posted Sep 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Hong Kong prides itself on being wealthy and cosmopolitan. But nearly one in five people live below the poverty line, according to the Council of Social Service. This is not how ... at large. Shockingly, between 22 and 24 per cent of people in Yuen Long, Kwun Tong and Sham Shui Po are living below the poverty line, if the council estimates are correct. Poverty here is defined ...

  4. Good and bad news in the long war against poverty

    Posted Aug 28th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with an international standard have taken different countries' official poverty lines and made an adjustment based on the price of a typical basket of goods and services to correct for differences ... a shopping basket of things that poor people are actually likely to consume in order to calculate poverty-specific PPP measures. As a result, they determined that for Asia the poverty line should ...

  5. News - Hong Kong

    Poverty now endemic in Hong Kong, says NGO

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 07:19pm by Jennifer Ngo

    ... latest twice-a-year report reveals that one in three elderly people are below the poverty line. It is also the first time the number of elderly poor had risen above 300,000- now calculated ... is also at record high. The median income of the high income group increased by 7 per cent, and is 3.6 times that of the lower income group. Drawing the poverty line at half of the median ...

  6. Star letter

    Posted Nov 06th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on the poverty line are having to work longer hours and are spending less time with their families. Providing such people with a minimum wage would seem the right thing to do. But in the midst ... I think there is a basic problem with the government's plan to establish a minimum wage. Even though Hong Kong is a rich city, there are still many people living below the poverty ...

  7. Support for poorest of the poor by year-end

    Posted Aug 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... to guarantee a minimum living standard for rural residents not covered by social security schemes. Since urban dwellers already had access to such support, all residents living below the poverty line ... environments. The mainland's poverty line for last year was an annual income of 693 yuan. But Mr Li said minimum living standards would differ according to local costs for food, clothes, ...

  8. UN rights group to hear plea on poll

    Posted Apr 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... poverty line. While the government has sent representatives to the hearing in Geneva, The Frontier's Emily Lau Wai-hing and James To Kun-sun of the Democratic Party have also flown ... the social welfare sector, says in the submission that Hong Kong needs an official poverty line. 'The UN has asked countries to provide those [who are] socially deprived with financial ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Rent control would ease burden of poorest, finds family services report

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 03:58am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... families in Kwun Tong with three or more people living below the poverty line and at least one full-time working member were interviewed last December about their monthly spending. Some 667 ... the poverty line. The poverty line is drawn at HK$11,500 for three-person households and HK$14,300 for four-person households.   ...




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