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  1. Reading between the poverty lines

    Posted Sep 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... C.K Lau There's a world of difference between measuring poverty by how much one earns and how much one spends. Professor Wong Chack-kie and Assistant Professor Wong Hung, of the Chinese University's social work department, have found that if the poverty line is drawn at 50 per cent of median household income, then 20.3 per cent of Hong Kong families were poor ...

  2. Tang keeps silent on poverty body's future

    Posted May 04th 2007, 12:00am by Audrey Parwani

    ... Audrey Parwani Speculation is mounting over whether the Commission on Poverty will be disbanded under the next government, but chairman Henry Tang Ying-yen stopped short of confirming ... and recommended the way forward. The paper recommends that the newly announced bureau oversee poverty alleviation issues that are currently tackled by the commission. But Mr Tang avoided confirming ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - LIVING STANDARDS

    Poverty level in Hong Kong to be defined

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com HK set to define poverty threshold The city will define a poverty line, taking a big step towards recognising and alleviating the plight of low-income earners, a government-appointed working group says. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's administration accepted the need to revive the Commission on Poverty, which his predecessor Donald Tsang ...

  4. News - World - BRAZIL

    Shanty towns transformed into vibrant communities in Brazil

    Posted Sep 10th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sao Paulo In Sao Paulo, a shanty town is transformed to provide decent housing for the urban poor From slum to vibrant community New hope is sprouting near a future Brazil 2014 World Cup soccer stadium, where a once crime-ridden sh ...

  5. Comment - Letters

    Commission can fight poverty with long-term strategy

    Posted Aug 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Comprehensive policy needed to tackle poverty effectively Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has decided to revive the Commission on Poverty which was scrapped in 2007. I completely agree with Oxfam Hong Kong, which has suggested that the commission should have a poverty line defined and rethink poverty reduction targets, as these are realistic ways to help the needy. Up till now, ...

  6. Beijing doubles threshold for rural poverty

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com The central government is raising the rural poverty line. The threshold will nearly double as part of efforts to eradicate poverty in the next decade, in a move that also reflects the country's rising wealth and the erosion of consumer purchasing power. The definition of rural poverty will cover people with annual per capita incomes ...

  7. Rural poverty drops after 10-year drive

    Posted Nov 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai william.clem@scmp.com Nearly 27 million people remained below the poverty line in rural China at the end of last year after a decade of efforts to alleviate ... progress in development-oriented poverty reduction programme for rural China', documents the central government's achievements in tackling poverty outside the cities since ...

  8. Poverty line moves up, leaving 100m below it

    Posted Apr 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Mandy Zuo The mainland's crowning achievement in alleviating poverty is about to take a step backwards- the marker is being adjusted upwards and is expected to triple the number of people officially in poverty to 100 million. The number of poor now stands at 26.88 million. The poverty line is expected to be raised by almost a third to 1,500 yuan (HK$1,782) a year, from ...

  9. Bold action needed to break poverty cycle

    Posted Dec 30th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The plight of Hong Kong's poorest people has become difficult to justify and impossible to ignore. One in four children is estimated to live in poverty. Statistics suggest ... suggests it is listening to the public's concerns- and taking the problem more seriously. The chief executive revealed he intends to establish a poverty commission. This is a welcome ...

  10. Reality of poverty catches up with policy

    Posted Feb 20th 2011, 12:00am by Regina Ip

    ... and going up. The swelling demand for such abysmal accommodation and the rising rentals speak volumes about the vile poverty beneath the veneer of Hong Kong's prosperity, and the inability of the markets to pull the weakest members of our society out of poverty. It's no wonder that our legislature is turning left, and pressing for a bigger role by the government to steer the economy. ...




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