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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Asylum seeker group says defamation case a chance to probe welfare contractor

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 05:27am by JOANNA CHIU

    ... Joanna Chiu Joanna.chiu@scmp.com Vision First says defamation trial a chance to air welfare contractor's failures Asylum aid group welcomes court case Rights group Vision First says ... Branch (ISS-HK) holds a contract from the Social Welfare Department to fulfil the government's legal responsibility of providing basic food and housing support to asylum seekers. Vision ...

  2. 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 ... for Children's Welfare and Adoption says. Under the mainland's Criminal Law, anyone who abandons a person under his care is liable to up to five years in jail. One who abandons a baby in a remote ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. News - China - WELFARE

    Seven children freeze to death in Hubei orphanage

    Posted Mar 02nd 2013, 12:00am by MANDY ZUO

    ... died from illnesses. The allegation quoted a woman who worked at the Shiyan Public Welfare House as saying all the children had gangrenous hands or feet because of frostbite. She said ...

  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia falls short on Aboriginal welfare targets

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 02:09pm by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in Canberra Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday admitted Australia has failed to meet important targets on Aboriginal welfare and vowed to work to ensure all indigenous children went through school. In delivering his first “Closing the Gap” report to parliament, which aims to improve the lives of the Aboriginal population by bridging the divide ...

  6. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Welfarism of corporate kind is the real problem

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:24am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Despite alarmist talk, it's creepy how handouts to poor are falling as charity for tycoons rises Welfarism of corporate kind is the real problem Professor Lau ... welfarism" and the sustainability of public finances among middle-class Hongkongers, who shoulder the lion's share of the city's tax burden. SCMP, February 5 You would think something ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Former adviser warns Leung of middle-class backlash over welfare spending

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 12:55pm by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung gary.cheung@scmp.com Government faces resistance from middle class over its measures to improve the lot of the poor, says former head of Central Policy Unit Welfare spending 'risks backlash' Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will find it more difficult to govern in the face of a middle-class backlash over the city's rising spending on welfare, a former top ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - GOVERNMENT DEBT

    Business leaders quiz Leung on sustainability of his welfare package

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 04:09pm by Tanna Chong and Amy Nip

    ... Tanna Chong and Amy Nip Businesses quiz Leung on policy address Business leaders have expressed concerns about the city's ability to sustain a multibillion-dollar welfare package rolled out in Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address last week. The leaders yesterday asked Leung for details on how he intended to shore up economic growth to fund the splurge ...

  9. News - World - WELFARE

    Welfare in Nordic countries reduced amid economic blues, ideology shift

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 10:53pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Copenhagen Nordic states cut spending amid ideological shift The Nordic model, known for high taxes and its cradle-to-grave welfare system, is getting a radical ... the darling of progressives, Sweden has become a model for free-market-leaning thinkers. If Sweden is the Nordic country to have gone the furthest in shrinking its welfare state, Denmark has moved ...

  10. Comment - Letters

    Early migrants did not expect welfare

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 03:31am by LETTERS

    ... Early migrants never expected to be given welfare handouts The letter from Pan Tsang ("Mainland migrants struggling to get by deserve financial help", January 13) in response to my letter ("New migrants should not be entitled to welfare benefits", January 2), is misleading. Your correspondent said mainland migrants coming here for family reunion were given ...




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