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  1. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    1.3 million Hongkongers live in poverty, government says, but offers no solution

    Posted Sep 28th 2013, 05:03pm by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com C.Y. 'not afraid to take tough decisions' after government recognises poverty levels for the first time, but no new initiatives announced 1.3 m HongKongers below poverty line Hong Kong- one of the wealthiest places in the world- has acknowledged for the first time that it has a sizeable poverty problem by declaring that 1.31 million of its ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Tackling poverty in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 29th 2013, 12:00am by Ernest Kao, Jennifer Ngo

    ... Ernest Kao and Jennifer Ngo With a poverty threshold now established in the city, the challenge is on to meet the needs of the 1.3 million Hong Kongers who are living below it Tackling poverty below the line More than a century after the concept was first developed, Hong Kong finally has a poverty line. The city's first official poverty threshold was formalised yesterday, ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Sales tax mooted to fund pension for all

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 05:31am by TIMMY SUNG

    ... Timmy Sung timmy.sung@scmp.com Commission on Poverty member says reviving the idea of a goods and services tax can pay for proposed HK$3,000 per month subsidy Tax on sales mooted to fund pension for all A member of the government's Commission on Poverty has suggested a goods and services tax could be used to fund a new public pension scheme, instead of a further tax ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Set target for poverty relief, say Labour Party lawmakers

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

    ... for poverty relief, lawmakers say Labour Party lawmakers want the government to set a target of halving the number of people who are living in poverty within four years. A summit last weekend set 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 ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Coldest Christmas Eve in 12 years to bring hardship to Hongkongers in poverty

    Posted Dec 24th 2012, 12:00am by Johnny Tam, Jennifer Ngo

    ... Johnny Tam and Jennifer Ngo Plunging temperatures raise concerns for city's 1.2 million people in poverty, with community group handing out free hot meals and clothes Coldest ... people living in poverty. The Observatory warned the minimum temperature could fall to as low as 10 degrees Celsius in urban areas- the coldest since 10.6 degrees in 2000. Forecasters issued ...

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    Leung needs long-term poverty goals, say experts

    Posted Oct 10th 2012, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Leung needs long-term poverty goals, say experts Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has been urged to set out long-term goals to tackle poverty rather than hand out "sweeteners", which are welcome but only a temporary solution. Experts on poverty said even though Leung had fulfilled key election campaign pledges on social welfare, the next ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Third of children moving to Hong Kong from mainland face hardship, survey shows

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 12:00am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Families moving to city are living below poverty line, survey shows, prompting call for cash aid Third of children from mainland fall into hardship Poverty ... the poverty line, said Professor Chou Kee-lee, 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 ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Poor children say government has not met needs for housing, education

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 04:59am by Ernest Kao

    ... Ombudsman- up from six out of 100 in 2012, but still a failing grade. The improvement was largely due to the setting of an official poverty line in September, the group said, but it said more needed ... instance, they [the government] set a poverty line, but no poverty-reduction target." According to government data, one in five, or roughly 208,000, children in the city are classed as poor. ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Most families wait over four years for public housing, says Oxfam

    Posted Jan 30th 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Security Assistance (CSSA). Oxfam director general Stephen Fisher said: "Housing is a structural cause of poverty [in Hong Kong] due to some of our land policies." One long-term solution is to increase the supply of public housing, which could effectively reduce poverty, he said. Oxfam urged the government to study the option of providing a rental subsidy for tenants who do not receive ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Pension scheme within three years, says Matthew Cheung

    Posted Jun 27th 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Cheung Kin-chung pledged that the government would not shirk the hard questions. Cheung said he was confident that the government, together with the Commission on Poverty, could map a way forward ... A comprehensive study including calculations on retirement pension schemes should be ready by early next year at the latest, he said. The study, commissioned by the Commission on Poverty in March and led ...




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