Community Care Fund

Fund is key fast track for policy, says Law Chi-Kwong

Community Care Fund chairman Law Chi-kwong. Photo: May Tse

The Community Care Fund is a useful back-door for the government to speedily launch welfare programmes, which would take months or even years to gain approval via the normal channels, its chairman has said.

Saturday, 2 March, 2013, 3:52am

Boost to Community Care Fund no real relief, says struggling mum

Chen Shao-chong sees little to get excited about in this year's budget. Photo: Felix Wong

A HK$15 billion boost to the Community Care Fund brought little cheer to the working poor who don't receive government assistance - people like Chen Shao-chong. Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah said the extra money would help close holes in the safety net for the poor.

1 Mar 2013 - 11:49pm 1 comment

Briefs, January 6, 2013

A man suspected of rape was arrested. Photo: Felix Wong

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of severe paediatric influenza A infection affecting a three-year-old boy. 

6 Jan 2013 - 4:06am

Subsidy to help severely handicapped in Hong Kong

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

People who have a severe physical handicap and need to rent medical equipment will receive a year-long subsidy of HK$2,000 to HK$2,500 a month from a trust fund, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said.

The subsidy, which will draw HK$12 million from the Community Care Fund, is expected to benefit 400 people.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:44am

Pilot aid schemes will be retained

Two Community Care Fund schemes - one for medical aid and the other providing free lunches for poor students - are being taken over permanently by the government.

The charitable trust's steering committee yesterday 'regularised' both programmes, which have proven effective since they were introduced as pilot schemes last year.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

Extend safety net for those in need

Finally, the government has come up with a plan to help those left out in John Tsang Chun-wah's giveaway swansong budget. The Community Care Fund plans to dish out HK$100 million in subsidies for people living in poor conditions. About 40,000 residents who live in partitioned flats, bed spaces and temporary housing may get a one-off HK$3,000 payment to help pay the rent.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Giveaway rethink to help new arrivals

Up to 40,000 people may benefit from a HK$100 million one-off giveaway proposal from the Community Care Fund after the scheme was expanded to include new immigrants.

The plan aims to dish out at least HK$3,000 each to eligible candidates who miss out on the raft of welfare and relief measures the government provides.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

All charity dollars count, no matter what the motivation

Hong Kong is a caring society. Making charitable contributions and helping the needy is in keeping with our social values. Donations come not only from individuals, but also from big companies and tycoons, through various charity foundations they have set up.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

'Forgotten' voices crying to be heard

No one wants to be poor. Nor, with so much pressure on the rich and powerful to give back to society and the wealth gap getting wider, can the well-heeled feel comfortable crowing too loudly about their prosperity. Those considered to be middle-class should, therefore, feel they are in a good position.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Good money chasing after bad policy

The government is behaving as if the proposed Community Care Fund is a slam dunk.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Legco approves HK$5b injection for care fund despite criticism

Amid heavy criticism inside and outside the chamber, the Legislative Council approved the government's HK$5 billion cash injection into the Community Care Fund.

Of the 46 legislators attending the finance committee meeting yesterday, 27 voted in favour of the funding, while six were against and 12 abstained after a three-hour debate. The chairman does not vote.

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

Care fund injection set to be approved

Lawmakers look set to approve a HK$5 billion injection into the Community Care Fund, although lawmakers from several parties have indicated disapproval of the government-business partnership.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Lesson to be learned from funding debacle

Public policies are supposed to be well thought out in a process that includes thorough debate on their merits and drawbacks before implementation. This does not seem to have happened with the government's well-intentioned but disappointing Community Care Fund.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Care fund is one charity too many for HK

It comes as little surprise that the government has only been able to collect a modest amount in corporate donations for its proposed Community Care Fund. In fact, there was little reason for this fund to be set up in the first place.

With the 40-year-old Community Chest already a known success, it is a waste of time and money to set up this new charity.

10 May 2011 - 12:00am

Big business donates only HK$680m to care fund

The government, seeking legislators' approval for its share of the HK$10 billion Community Care Fund, disclosed yesterday that big business, intended to be a 50-50 partner, had so far given only HK$680 million.

7 May 2011 - 12:00am