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  1. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Sales tax mooted to fund pension for all

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

    ... Chow Wing-sun, a colleague of Law's at HKU's department of social work and social administration, suggested funding the pension by imposing new taxes of between 1 and 2.5 per cent ... decades to help it cover the soaring cost of social welfare benefits due to an ageing population. The tax rose from five per cent to eight per cent, and will hit 10 per cent next year. Imposing ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Ex-social welfare chief says residency rule for claims was never justifiable

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 05:40am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Former social welfare chief welcomes court decision to allow newcomers to claim benefits, and says claimant should not have had to sue Residency rule 'was to keep poor out' The decision to refuse Comprehensive Social Security Assistance to a new immigrant who went on to successfully challenge government welfare rules in court ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Outgoing social services chief urges break-up of asylum welfare contract

    Posted Oct 13th 2013, 12:00am by DANNY LEE

    ... Danny Lee danny.lee@scmp.com Outgoing social services chief says HK$203 million asylum seeker welfare contract would be better spent with more competition involved Break-up of asylum aid contract urged The outgoing head of the Council of Social Service has called for the break-up of the lucrative multi-million dollar welfare assistance contract for asylum seekers. Chief executive ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Council of Social Service chief Christine Fang considers next role

    Posted Jun 06th 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... to listen. Tung had asked to meet her to discuss issues like social cohesion and poverty relief, but "ideas have to get off the ground". By contrast there had been no formal dialogue ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Christine Fang is not interested in an Exco role. The departing Council of Social Service chief would rather be a social worker again Keeping it real on the front ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Court's landmark benefits ruling could cost taxpayers an extra HK$197m a year

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 04:02am by Stuart Lau

    ... Taxpayers may be staring at an additional annual bill of up to HK$197 million if 7,000 more new immigrants per year apply for social security, the South China Morning Post has found. The figure ... in December. It is a conservative projection, considering government lawyers told the Court of Final Appeal that there could be more than 60,000 new immigrants applying for Comprehensive Social ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Judge orders shelter for pregnant asylum seeker living on streets

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 04:47am by Christy Choi

    ... on the streets with her family. Mr Justice Peter Ng Kar-fai granted the injunction on Friday night, calling for the International Social Service Hong Kong (ISS) and the director of the Social Welfare ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Mainland Chinese to test seven-year rule on qualification for Hong Kong housing

    Posted Dec 18th 2013, 11:32pm by Danny Mok, Emily Tsang, Jennifer Ngo

    ... Danny Mok, Emily Tsang and Jennifer Ngo Denial of flat to mainlander who's lived in HK for 5 years to be challenged First it was social security, now it's housing ... Social Security Assistance (CSSA) was unlawful. The woman is working with the Article 35 Concern Group, which campaigns on legal matters. "We will win, as the requirement ...

  8. News - China - WELFARE

    ‘Baby hatch’ forced to stop taking children after hundreds of infants are abandoned

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 11:50am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... not respond to a request to see whether more babies had been abandoned yesterday. Ye Fen, the director of social welfare in the civil affairs bureau, said the city would provide financial aid to poor ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    'Tell us what our food really costs'

    Posted Feb 15th 2014, 03:46am by Christy Choi and Danny Lee

    ... at the offices of the International Social Service continued for a fourth day yesterday as asylum seekers continued to seek answers from the welfare provider and the Social Welfare Department about ... is asking the ISS and the Social Welfare Department, which has contracted ISS to provide food to asylum seekers, to provide a price list and expiry dates for the produce. ISS said yesterday that any ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Protesting asylum seekers say food provisions ‘not worth’ what government contractor claims

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 12:40pm by Christy Choi

    ... Christy Choi christy.choi@scmp.com Dozens of demonstrators are taking part in sit-ins at three social welfare offices, claiming they are being short-changed over food rations Hunger strike by asylum seekers Dozens of asylum seekers are staging sit-ins and hunger strikes at the offices of their government-appointed social welfare provider, accusing the organisation of overstating ...




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