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Fruit Money

Glitch delays old-age allowance payments to elderly

Glitch delays money to elderly

A problem in government computer records may mean some elderly residents eligible for the new old-age allowance will not receive the money next week as promised. Meanwhile, thousands of people who received letters saying they could get the HK$2,200 handout have replied that they are no longer eligible.

Saturday, 30 March, 2013, 4:34am

Letters to the Editor, November 19, 2012

An elderly woman collecting cardboard. Photo: David Wong

State pension trust fund the fairest option

There has been much debate about the appropriate level of "fruit money" that should be paid out of government funds to support the elderly in Hong Kong.

However, let us consider the wider picture.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:23am

Fruit money for all worth the price

Photo: EPA

Our social welfare system, especially for the elderly poor, is bureaucratic, mean and insufficient for a decent living. That is why activists and many political parties across the ideological spectrum are calling for what amounts to a doubling of so-called fruit money for those over the age of 70 by scrapping a proposed means test for the new subsidy. To cut a long story short, they are right.

10 Oct 2012 - 3:14am 4 comments

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