Commission on Poverty

Officials to have 'rough idea' of Hong Kong poverty line by July

An elderly woman in Central pushes a trolley loaded with cardboard boxes for recycling. Photo: EPA

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the Commission on Poverty would have a “rough idea” on how the city’s first poverty line should be set in six months.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

New website riddled with 'social' errors

Another bridge will be useful says Raymond Ho Chung-tai.

The revival of the Commission on Poverty may be good news for the poor, but the commission itself appears somewhat poor in its ability to communicate its objectives effectively. That was the impression its new website gave viewers when the commission mistranslated the names of some of its task forces.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:34am

Groups urge CY to improve welfare for the elderly, poor and disabled

Chua Hoi-wai

Better welfare for elderly, poor and disabled people tops the wish lists of advocacy groups and political parties as Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's prepares his maiden policy address.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:35am

Defining how much one needs is next step in poverty issue

Defining how much one needs is next step in poverty issue

Hong Kong is finally taking a baby step on the poverty issue: consensus on the poverty line is close, and it is expected to be set at 50 per cent of median income - meaning those living on less than half that amount are considered to be living in poverty.

11 Dec 2012 - 3:20am

Poverty Commission set to define poverty line

Stephen Fisher. Photo: Oliver Tsang

A recognised poverty line for Hong Kong should emerge after the Commission on Poverty's inaugural meeting today, a member of the body said.

"It's a fairly agreed-on consensus already. It's best to not waste time arguing over it," Oxfam Hong Kong director general Stephen Fisher said.

22 Jan 2013 - 2:25pm

Social enterprise funds should help avoid poverty, not just alleviate it

The road ahead will not be easy for Carrie Lam. Photo: SCMP

Noteworthy in Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's recent announcement of the re-establishment of the Commission on Poverty is the inclusion of a task force to determine the terms of reference of the previously announced HK$500 million Social Enterprise Development Fund, now called the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm 1 comment

Commission on Poverty unveiled with call for concrete action

Amy Chan wants more job choices for young people.

Fresh, proactive and far-reaching policies are required if Hong Kong wants to battle poverty, members of the reinstated Commission on Poverty say.

"The government needs to look further and wider, deal with the root problems and not just cover up the issue," Stephen Fisher, director-general of Oxfam Hong Kong and former director of social welfare, said after his appointment yesterday.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm 1 comment

Poverty commission must make most vulnerable their priority

Hong Kong must address the structural causes of poverty.

The preparatory task force for a Commission on Poverty has been working since July on the terms of reference and composition of the revived commission. Oxfam Hong Kong hopes the new commission will study the real causes of poverty and propose measures that will meet the needs of the poor.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:21am

Time for a Hong Kong children's commission

Time for a Hong Kong children's commission

Although Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has faced a baptism of fire since taking office, a long overdue focus has at least been placed on the plight of the poor.

18 Oct 2012 - 2:29am 1 comment

Defining poverty line for Hong Kong is just the first step

Leung Chun-ying appointed a task force to prepare for the revival of the Commission on Poverty even before he became chief executive. Since then the issue has been getting the attention it deserves, free of the distractions of controversy that have dogged this administration during its first 100 days like no other since the handover.

22 Jan 2013 - 2:25pm 1 comment

Letters Question, August 16

Fresh initiatives.

Do you agree with Oxfam Hong Kong that the Commission on Poverty, to be relaunched next month, must rethink Hong Kong's priorities on alleviating the plight of the poorest in society and define a poverty threshold?


16 Aug 2012 - 9:33am

Poverty commission urges help for jobless

A high-level panel set up to ease Hong Kong's worsening poverty yesterday completed its two-year study with a call for a 'one-stop shop' for job seekers and better co-ordination on existing services.

The Commission on Poverty also suggested relaxing the asset limit for elderly people applying for welfare and setting up a children's development fund to help needy youngsters.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

In need

Should the Commission on Poverty be disbanded after its final report next month, or should it be given an extra two years to follow through on proposed measures, as members have suggested? Write to us.

8 May 2007 - 12:00am

Poverty panel seeks more time to see ideas through

The top-level panel set up to tackle poverty should have its tenure extended for at least two more years so that it can follow through on measures proposed, members have suggested.

The Commission on Poverty is to be disbanded after it submits a final report to the government next month.

7 May 2007 - 12:00am

Tang keeps silent on poverty body's future

Speculation is mounting over whether the Commission on Poverty will be disbanded under the next government, but chairman Henry Tang Ying-yen stopped short of confirming the move yesterday.

The speculation follows yesterday's announcement that a labour and welfare bureau will be formed under the new administration.

4 May 2007 - 12:00am