A generation sacrificed

A woman buys from a greengrocer's assistant at a market in Spain, which has been hard hit by the euro-zone crisis. Photo: Reuters

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

Spread too thinly, old age allowance cannot reach HK elderly in need

Spread too thinly, old age allowance cannot reach HK elderly in need

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

Allowances for local jockeys should continue

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

Let's cherish the elderly

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

Be generous to those who helped build HK

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

Call for subsidised after-school activities as parents feel pinch

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

Stopover allowance part of pay, Cathay appeal told

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

Legislators must be honest about expenses

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

Tracking your expenses

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

Fruit money

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

Boost for elderly

In his policy address the chief executive said the old-age allowance may be increased to HK$1,000. Do you support this proposal and agree that means-testing of pensioners should be introduced? Write to us.

17 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

'I paid my taxes - why can't I get fruit money?'

Lam Cho-lam, a retired policeman, strongly objects to the government's plan to introduce a means test for the old age allowance.

'I feel very sad about this. The old age allowance shows respect to old people and recognises our work and service to society when we were young. Why does the administration want to deprive us of this tiny amount of money?' the 63-year-old said.

16 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

NET's talks with bureau hit snags over changes

Negotiations between the Education Bureau and native-English-speaking teachers over an increase in their special allowance have been held up because of staff changes, the bureau said this week.

David Stead, chairman of Native English-speaking Teachers' Association (Nesta), said the recent financial turmoil and rent increases had put them under a lot of financial pressure.

11 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

NETs to wait a year for 'fair' allowance review

The Native English-speaking Teachers' Association says it is prepared to wait until next year for a fair review of NETs' special allowance following a meeting with the Education Bureau this week.

5 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

NETs hoping for an increase after meeting, but it may take some time

Native-English-speaking teachers believe they are likely to receive an increase in their special allowance after meeting Education Bureau officials this week, but the government refused to confirm whether any increase was in the pipeline.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am