Monitoring of benefits needed to be improved, the Social Welfare chief admitted yesterday.Saturday, 8 May, 1999, 12:00am
The term 'civil service' always seemed a bit rich. After all, as the adage for all ages goes, it's rarely civil - and you almost never get any service.
This adage never seemed more appropriate than in the past few weeks.
First we had continuing claims of gross inefficiencies in the operation of the Airport Authority at the 50,000 different inquiries going on.28 Nov 1998 - 12:00am
Of all the officials, and there are several, who choose to claim every privilege to which their job entitles them, Andrew Leung Kin-pong is one most in touch with life at the opposite end of the scale.25 Nov 1998 - 12:00am
DESPITE the economic troubles, the number of people seeking government handouts has gone down, says Director of Social Welfare Andrew Leung Kin-pong.
Mr Leung said his department had handled fewer new cases asking for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance this year.31 May 1998 - 12:00am
The bargain sell-off of public housing could be at risk after it was announced yesterday the Government was reviewing its mortgage payments to people on public assistance.
Changes under the review could also hit the elderly poor who bought their own flat when they were young but have since fallen on hard times.10 Jan 1998 - 12:00am
Private estate developers will be asked to incorporate social welfare services in their blueprints to ease shortages in childcare and elderly home places.
The measure is expected to help provide good quality private care and attention homes for those who could afford to pay, leaving more places in the public sector for the worse-off.7 Oct 1997 - 12:00am
Plans are under way to put in place a $20 million support network for the elderly by next month before the cold weather arrives.
The network - pledged by Governor Chris Patten in his Policy Speech just two weeks ago - targets 80,000 old people living alone in public estates.15 Oct 1996 - 12:00am
THE Legal Aid Department is to be dramatically reshaped in an attempt to speed up litigation work and the way it deals with clients.
Almost all of the 460 staff, including 60 full-time solicitors, will be affected by the reforms.
Most of the changes are designed to improve efficiency in bringing civil and criminal matters to court.4 Apr 1994 - 12:00am