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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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/714583/we-must-not-tolerate-level-poverty
  2. One in 10 Hongkongers caught in the poverty trap, study finds

    Posted Nov 04th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam One in 10 Hongkongers lived in poverty last year according to criteria put forward by the former commission on poverty, although one person involved in the study said the true ... below the average welfare payment. The indicators show that the total number of people living in poverty reached 714,900 last year. This figure includes poor, elderly people who are receiving ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/697269/one-10-hongkongers-caught-poverty-trap-study-finds
  3. Unemployment is the greatest cause of poverty in Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Your editorial ('A minimum wage must tackle poverty', October 19) opined, without evidence, that the 61.3 per cent collapse in the number of US dollar millionaires in Hong Kong made it 'safe to assume' that tens of thousands of Hong Kong families have fallen into poverty since 2007. You referred to the (allegedly) widening wealth gap, by citing the Gini ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696721/unemployment-greatest-cause-poverty-hong-kong
  4. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/695869/minimum-wage-must-tackle-poverty
  5. Delaying minimum wage will only aggravate rising poverty

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

    ... There is evidence that the Hong Kong economy will be hit badly by the financial crisis. While the current economic downturn is affecting almost everyone, Oxfam Hong Kong sees that poor people are suffering the most. In a meeting of the Commission on Strat ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/670913/delaying-minimum-wage-will-only-aggravate-rising-poverty
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/454794/premiers-dream-eliminate-poverty
  7. Poverty panel full of hot air, pair say

    Posted Feb 16th 2006, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui The Poverty Commission is a talk shop that lacks goals and is withholding figures about the number of poor people in Hong Kong, lawmakers said yesterday. The criticism came during a debate on a motion calling on the government to act on recommendations from a Legislative Council subcommittee on combating poverty. The motion was passed Financial Secretary Henry Tang ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/536684/poverty-panel-full-hot-air-pair-say
  8. Poverty panel full of hot air: lawmakers

    Posted Feb 16th 2006, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui The Poverty Commission is a talk shop that lacks goals and is withholding figures about the number of poor people in Hong Kong, lawmakers said yesterday. The criticism came during a debate on a motion calling on the government to act on recommendations from a Legislative Council subcommittee on combating poverty. The motion was passed. Financial Secretary Henry Tang ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/536681/poverty-panel-full-hot-air-lawmakers
  9. Poverty commission urges help for jobless

    Posted Jun 15th 2007, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung, Klaudia Lee

    ... Jimmy Cheung, Klaudia Lee and Joshua Butt A high-level panel set up to ease Hong Kong's worsening poverty yesterday completed its two-year study with a call for a 'one-stop shop' for job seekers and better co-ordination on existing services. The Commission on Poverty also suggested relaxing the asset limit for elderly people applying for welfare and setting up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/596885/poverty-commission-urges-help-jobless
  10. Give us time, poverty panel tells its critics

    Posted Feb 24th 2005, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee We've only just started our work, says Henry Tang The financial secretary asked legislators and the public yesterday to give the newly formed Poverty Commission a chance ... the commission to give it more power and prevent it becoming just another talk shop. 'Many of you here are frontline staff,' he told a Legislative Council subcommittee studying poverty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/490182/give-us-time-poverty-panel-tells-its-critics

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