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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

    ... a pension of HK$3,000 per month, with no means test. But Law suggested the plan would be more palatable if only those in greater need were entitled to the subsidy. The study, by Professor Nelson ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580448/tax-sales-mooted-fund-pension-plan
  2. 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 The government's welfare policies will face a new legal challenge when a main ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1385395/mainland-chinese-test-seven-year-rule-qualification-hong-kong-housing
  3. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Fresh aid for the needy to be put to the test, Matthew Cheung says

    Posted Jun 27th 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Trial schemes are lined up for autumn after welfare funding clears filibuster hurdle Fresh aid for the needy to be put to the test The coming autumn ... with filibustering on the budget in the Legislative Council, but things are now on track. Cheung and his aides are preparing to roll out pilot schemes that he said were important in testing the feasibility ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1269674/fresh-aid-needy-be-put-test-matthew-cheung-says
  4. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Clash expected in Legco over means test for a new old-age allowance

    Posted Oct 05th 2012, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung, Tony Cheung and Joyce Ng Leung faces battle over old-age benefit Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says the government will stand firm on requiring a means test for a new ... Party and the Beijing-loyalist Federation of Trade Unions, say the means test must be waived for those over 70, as for the existing elderly allowance called "fruit money". ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1054102/clash-expected-legco-over-means-test-new-old-age-allowance
  5. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    DAB hints it could back means-tested new old-age allowance

    Posted Oct 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... the asset cap in the means test for the HK$2,200 monthly payout raised to HK$300,000 from HK$186,000. The government stood firm on its plan to put the request to the committee on Friday despite ... of the allowance to October 1. The government, despite widespread opposition, is also standing firm on the means test. The current old-age allowance of HK$1,090 a month is means-tested for those aged 65 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1067559/dab-hints-it-could-back-means-tested-new-old-age-allowance
  6. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Assets test for old-age cash will be adjusted for inflation, says minister

    Posted Oct 11th 2012, 12:00am by Patsy Moy, Stuart Lau

    ... 65 to 70 who have already passed a means test to receive the higher payment from March. Those over 70, who now get the allowance, known as "fruit money", without a means test, would ... Unions (FTU), which insisted that the means test be waived for everyone over 70 and that a universal pension scheme should be the way forward for Hong Kong. Those aged 65 to 70 with assets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1058107/assets-test-old-age-cash-will-be-adjusted-inflation-says-minister
  7. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Old age welfare 'all about dignity' says ex-sailor

    Posted Oct 28th 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... monthly allowance now being debated can be only a short-term measure. And he is adamant applicants should not be means-tested. "[The universal pension is] not for us - we will probably be gone by then - but it is for the future of Hong Kong," he says. "Means tests are degrading and will affect [the elderly's] relationships with their families." Chiu himself ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1071408/old-age-welfare-all-about-dignity-says-ex-sailor
  8. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Support grows for Leung's old age allowance scheme

    Posted Oct 22nd 2012, 12:00am by JOSHUA BUT

    ... Joshua But and Phila Siu With the DAB now saying it will 'not oppose' a means-tested scheme, the government should have enough votes for the measure to pass Support grows ... the new subsidy would cost the government HK$13.6 billion if it did not implement a means test. It would cost HK$6.2 billion if a means test was in place. About 400,000 elderly people are expected ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1066782/support-grows-leungs-old-age-allowance-sheme
  9. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Old people's welfare a top priority, Carrie Lam says

    Posted Oct 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, she said yesterday. The idea appears to be an attempt to win over critics of a revised means test proposed for an increased living allowance ... of HK$2,200, up from the current HK$1,090, commonly known as "fruit money" because it buys so little. Applicants must pass a means test, which caps their assets at HK$186,000 and monthly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1059809/old-peoples-welfare-top-priority-carrie-lam-says
  10. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Recipients of Old Age Living Allowance top 310,000

    Posted Jun 07th 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... of the new allowance must pass a means test, however. The newest data shows 270,000 fruit-money recipients were automatically transferred to the new scheme by the time of the first payment on April 4. Another 30,000 people who are already on some other form of government help have passed the means test, while in the third stage, 7,000 new applicants for the old-age subsidy have received ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1255046/recipients-old-age-living-allowance-top-310000

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