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  1. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    'Baby hatches' are no substitute for a social welfare system

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 04:03am by KAREN LEE

    ... Karen Lee Child abandonment is a symptom of deeper social problems, with no simple solution 'Baby hatches' are no substitute for social welfare A controversy is raging over ... the poor social welfare system. There is no national health insurance system. Provincial governments provide only basic medical care, often based on residents' household registration, ...

  2. News - Hong Kong

    Deficit in 15 years if status quo maintained in education, social welfare and health spending

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 06:54pm

    ... for the education, social welfare and health sectors are maintained at the existing level and expenditure grows merely with price and demographic changes. The working group on long-term fiscal planning ... Allowance during the same time period, and from HK$6.2 billion to HK$16.2 billion on welfare services for the elderly. The task force has rolled out a series of measures that it says will maintain ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Welfare benefits not enough for rent

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 04:09am by CALVIN LIU

    ... for better a welfare system. "The government and the Social Welfare Department already know that over-renting is getting more common. It's not ethical." Chan Yin-sing, a researcher ... Calvin Liu calvin.liu@scmp.com Call for policy revamp after study finds most people on housing subsidy have to make up cash shortfall each month for small, subdivided flats Welfare ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Anger erupts over court denial of welfare to foreign permanent residents of Japan

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:49pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Japanese Supreme Court rules that a Chinese permanent resident is not entitled to payouts even though she has paid taxes all her life Foreigners riled over welfare ruling Activists, analysts and foreign residents of Japan have reacted with dismay to a decision by the Supreme Court that foreigners with permanent residency are not entitled to welfare ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - SOCIAL SECURITY

    Immigrant welfare claim totals uncover 'shocking' bias: lawmaker

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 03:42am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... then, the Social Welfare Department has received 5,567 CSSA applications from people who have lived in Hong Kong for two to seven years. About 15 groups and individuals spoke at the meeting, ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Immigrant welfare claims uncover 'shocking' bias More than 5,500 new immigrants have applied for welfare, out of an estimated 200,000 who ...

  7. News - World - PARIS

    Spiraling costs of social welfare programmes strain France's budget

    Posted Nov 08th 2013, 07:35pm by NYT

    ... to health and education benefits, is the subject of a great debate as the nation grapples with whether it can sustain the post-second world war model of social democracy. The spiralling costs of cradle-to-grave social welfare programmes have all but exhausted the French government's ability to raise the taxes necessary to pay for it all, creating growing political problems for President ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - POLICING

    Focus on addicts' welfare, not drug tests, say social workers

    Posted Sep 29th 2013, 12:00am by Andrea Chen

    ... on drug users' welfare: social workers Authorities should put more resources into social welfare organisations and rehabilitation instead of a mandatory drug testing scheme to tackle ... to have the power to refer individuals who fail the tests to welfare groups for treatment. Social workers at a workshop yesterday said the plan's effectiveness would be limited because ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - SOCIAL WELFARE

    Myths about poor justify Hong Kong's 'third world' spending on social welfare

    Posted Nov 30th 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Economist says convenient myths justify city's third-world level of spending on social welfare 'Demonising the poor helps keep them down' Deliberate demonising of social welfare and labour protection is behind the city's backward policies in these areas, according to Leo Goodstadt, the former head of the Central Policy Unit. ...




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