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  1. News - Asia - INDIA

    India to pay welfare directly to poor

    Posted Jan 02nd 2013, 10:29am by Associated Press in New Delhi

    ... Bolsa Familia programme, which has helped lift more than 19 million people out of poverty since 2003. It will begin in 20 of the country’s 640 districts on Tuesday, affecting more than 200,000 recipients, and will be progressively rolled out in other areas in the coming months, Chidambaram said on Monday. The country has 440 million people living below the poverty line. “In a huge new ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Drawing the poverty line

    Posted Aug 20th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is classed as poor, while the cut-off figures for households with two, three, four and five members are $6,300, $8,400, $9,500 and $9,950, respectively. But this way of defining poverty is rejected ... for those on welfare. The asset and income limits imposed on CSSA applicants are Hong Kong's de facto 'poverty lines'. ...

  6. Children paying price of poverty struggle

    Posted Oct 18th 2004, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... skills than their peers, a study released yesterday to mark world anti-poverty day shows. The Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association interviewed 789 Primary Four to Primary Six pupils ... the government should make a greater effort to help vulnerable children and their families. Detailed plans should be laid down to help eliminate poverty, improve livelihoods and ensure all children could ...

  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. War on want to benefit children and elderly

    Posted Jan 13th 2005, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Chee-hwa's initiatives to fight poverty. The chief executive also used the policy address to unveil plans to increase financial help for the disabled and provide more flexible services ... to set a poverty line or define the basic needs of Hong Kong people. The Head Start Programme on Child Development for children under the age of five will be introduced in Tin Shui Wai, Tuen Mun, ...

  9. Speakers lash welfare policies at summit

    Posted Sep 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui Anti-poverty groups line up to attack payment cuts and lack of social services Anti-poverty groups yesterday criticised the government for its welfare policies, saying they made it impossible for the poor to get back on their feet and lead self-sufficient lives. Speaking at the Poverty Summit 2004, representatives of the underprivileged- including abused women, the unemployed ...

  10. 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 ...




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