Crushed by an austerity squeeze and towering unemployment, millions of Europeans joined the ranks of the newly poor this year in a crisis that showed no mercy for the old, women or children.Tuesday, 11 December, 2012, 2:55am
Alleviation of poverty among the elderly ranks highly on the government's agenda. To implement his election manifesto, the chief executive has announced a plan to introduce a new old-age living allowance of HK$2,200 per month for elderly people in need.9 Oct 2012 - 3:47am
Howard Cheng Yue-tin's strong form in recent times has more than one expatriate rider asking whether the time has come for a cap on just how long local jockeys receive an allowance.17 Nov 2010 - 12:00am
The issue of looking after the elderly has again been in the limelight recently. It was reported that some elderly people who have been living outside Hong Kong are not allowed to claim their old-age allowance usually paid out to them by the government. Many have moved to the mainland because living costs are lower there.26 Oct 2010 - 12:00am
Respect for the elderly is a principle and value which is deservedly ingrained in the conscience of a large majority of Hongkongers. This city was not always a booming financial centre, and the generation before us had to toil hard at manual-labour jobs in order to lay the foundations of the thriving metropolis that Hong Kong has now become.28 Sep 2010 - 12:00am
A scheme to subsidise extra-curricular activities for children from needy families has been urged after polls found that buying school uniforms and textbooks was already too heavy a financial burden for many parents.
Concern groups have also asked the government to relax the application requirements for student financial assistance schemes.27 Aug 2010 - 12:00am
Allowances paid to cover airline flight attendants' expenses during their stays overseas between flights are part of their wages and should be taken into account in calculating their holiday pay, a court has been told.14 Oct 2009 - 12:00am
Lawmakers should be community role models. We should have no reason to doubt their honesty and integrity. Allowances they are given to carry out their work must be spent for the purposes for which they are given and done so in good faith. Our report on Page 1 today casts doubts as to whether this can be said of every legislator.1 Jun 2009 - 12:00am
Imagine a basketball match: teams score hoops, they run from one side to the other. But the scoreboard does not work.
Who knows which team is winning? Managing money is like sport. If you don't keep track, you don't know your score. And you don't know if you're winning or losing.24 Nov 2008 - 12:00am
The chief executive has decided to raise the old-age allowance from HK$705 to HK$1,000 a month. Is this enough to meet the needs of some elderly people who have no other source of income? Write to us.25 Oct 2008 - 12:00am