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  1. We must not tolerate this level of poverty

    Posted May 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... handouts and measures to alleviate poverty, we need to do more to help bring people up. Based on 24 indicators, the figures from the financial secretary's office put the number of people ... but using different criteria, they have previously shown poverty to be substantially worse. Whatever the real level, it is obvious that far too many people can't keep up with our economic ...

  2. A minimum wage must tackle poverty

    Posted Oct 19th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... non-governmental groups contend more than 1.3 million - 19 per cent of the population - live in poverty. The World Bank's definition of poverty is living on less than US$1 a day. This cannot apply ... below the poverty line. Based on household size, this is defined as HK$4,023 for one person, HK$7,000 for two, HK$8,750 for three and HK$11,850 for families of four people and above. Thousands ...

  3. Premier's dream is to eliminate poverty

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

    ... Josephine Ma in Brussels Eradicating poverty remains a difficult task despite the mainland's rapid economic growth, the premier says. He also conceded that statistics could 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 ...

  4. Commission sought to tackle poverty

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

    ... 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 yesterday told legislators who passed a motion supporting their call. Mak Kim-ho, of Oxfam Hong Kong, said: 'A poverty commission does not mean we are going to redistribute wealth. We need ...

  5. A wage that's affordable, and affords a decent life

    Posted Apr 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by many to hover around poverty levels. Several major labour unions have called for HK$33 an hour. The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce is talking about HK$24 or HK$25. One lawmaker ... HK$6,864. This is below the Hong Kong Council of Social Service's poverty line for a single-income, two-person household. Such a rate would give 439,000 workers a pay rise; it would cost ...

  6. Making the maths add up on a minimum wage

    Posted Dec 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of poverty is the best starting point- the World Bank's definition is living on less than US$1 a day. This cannot apply to a developed society such as Hong Kong. The government looks to social ... of Social Service. As its members provide 90 per cent of our city's social services, there is no better placed organisation to determine who lives in poverty. Based on the latest median ...

  7. letters

    Posted Jun 19th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... should not be a problem in a healthy society. If the government, charitable organisations and individual citizens ignore the problem of poverty, many other social problems will emerge. After all, those who live below the poverty line deserve a better future. Matthias Chan Stop, think and act respectfully Sometimes, because of our workload at school, or problems we face, we get upset ...

  8. Minimum wage at this time will put more people out of work

    Posted Feb 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I fully support Oxfam's work and do not question the excellent intentions of Oxfam's Wong Shek-hung ('Delaying minimum wage only aggravates rising poverty', February 23). Unfortunately, worthy intentions do not always lead to worthy outcomes. Bringing in a minimum wage of HK$33 an hour at a time of exceptional economic turbulence and uncertainty would cause ...

  9. Government must take lead on minimum wage

    Posted Apr 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... By guaranteeing all workers a fair salary, it aims to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions. The higher wages paid will find their way back into the economy, creating jobs and raising standards. ...

  10. Family violence a case for the community

    Posted Nov 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... there is no reason to suppose any connection. There is reason for concern, though, that a looming economic slowdown will leave more families in distressed circumstances. Unemployment and poverty are among ...




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