Old age allowance

Commonly known as "fruit money", the old age allowance is a monthly cash subsidy the Hong Kong government pays to senior citizens aged 65-69 with low incomes, and all elderly citizens aged 70 and over. The Leung Chun-ying administration in 2012 proposed to introduce a new means-tested subsidy called the Old Age Living Allowance, which provides HK$2,200 per month for the needy only. 

Exhibition of elderly workers sheds spotlight on Hong Kong's pension 'failures'

Fok Mei-song, 64, Mak Kwok-hon, 68, and Wong Siu-ying, 85, continue to work despite their advanced years. Photo: May Tse

To still be working aged 70 is not a milestone many Hongkongers are necessarily proud of - yet in a city lacking much of a social safety net for those who toiled all their lives, it can be inevitable.

Sunday, 28 December, 2014, 1:37am 4 comments

Guangdong retirees collect their fruit money

Guangdong retirees collect their fruit money

As many as 19,000 elderly Hongkongers living in Guangdong have applied to a one-off scheme that allows them to receive so-called fruit money without returning to the city, the Social Welfare Department said.

21 Jul 2014 - 6:20am

It's up to us all to bring about change in our lives

The Old Age Living Allowance is a welcome step in the right direction. Photo: Xinhua

The chief executive may not be universally popular, but that should not mean his policies should be disregarded. Since July last year, Leung Chun-ying has taken steps on each of the four key issues he promised to tackle: housing, poverty, ageing and the environment.

4 Oct 2013 - 3:19am

Recipients of Old Age Living Allowance top 310,000

Patrick Nip Tak-kuen. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

More than 310,000 elderly residents have begun getting a new HK$2,200 allowance since the scheme started in April, the outgoing social welfare chief says.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:55am

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.

30 Mar 2013 - 4:34am

Elderly allowance is welcome help for some, but others are not so lucky

Leung Wai-chun, 80, lives alone in Tsz Wan Shan, and does not qualify for the allowance. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Residents who are eligible for the new elderly allowance are delighted to get some help to cope with the higher cost of living, but others with just a little too much money in the bank are not happy with the government's stringent means test.

30 Mar 2013 - 4:40am

Retirees on mainland will get allowance

Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. Photo: Sam Tsang

The old-age living allowance to be introduced in April is expected to cover Hongkongers in Guangdong by the end of next year. Welfare secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the government would extend the means-tested HK$2,200-a-month allowance to Hongkongers who retired across the border after the scheme had been in place for more than a year.

16 Feb 2013 - 4:11am

Letters to the Editor, February 2, 2013

The city's landfills are nearing capacity. Photo: Sam Tsang

Set timetable for schools funding plan

Some people were disap- pointed that, in his maiden policy address last month, there was no concrete plan by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to implement the 15 years' free education pledged during his election campaign ("Hope for free education gives way to frustration", January 26).

2 Feb 2013 - 2:04am 1 comment

Relatives' cash for elderly to be treated as assets in allowance plan

Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, director of the Social Welfare Department. Photo: Dickson Lee

Financial support from relatives will not be counted as part of an elderly person's income, but will be considered assets when assessing his eligibility for a new government allowance, the social welfare chief says.

1 Feb 2013 - 4:09am

New means-tested old age allowance to start in April

Alliance for Universal Pension members protest at Legco. Photo: Felix Wong

The HK$2,200 new, means-tested old age living allowance will be made available to some 290,000 elderly people starting from April, the government said on Thursday.

31 Jan 2013 - 9:15pm

Letters to the Editor, January 31, 2013

A group of dog owners living in The Pacifica to protest on the owner's committee recent rule of banning pets keeping in the housing estate. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Priority should be to help grass roots

Young sandwich-class couples feel let down by the chief executive’s policy address.

31 Jan 2013 - 2:27am 1 comment

Policy address is Leung's last chance to show Hong Kong he can lead

Policy address is Leung's last chance to show Hong Kong he can lead

Responding to the massive protests on New Year's Day calling for Leung Chun-ying to step down, a government spokesman said the chief executive was concentrating on preparing his first policy address, working on various areas, including people's livelihood and the economy, addressing deep-rooted problems, and promoting stability in society.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, January 7, 2013

Kam Kee Cafe shuts down after 45 years. Photo: Dickson Lee

Laws designed to protect maids ignored

I could not agree more with Geoff Carey's letter regarding the vulnerability of domestic helpers in Hong Kong ("Maids will be at mercy of agencies", January 1).

I especially want to direct attention to his point that Hong Kong does have rule of law, "but its effectiveness depends on enforcement".

7 Jan 2013 - 2:36am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, January 6, 2013

Body scanners have proved controversial. Photo: AP

Party is stuck in universal suffrage rut

I refer to the report ("Democrats make Emily Lau leader", December 17).

Emily Lau Wai-hing correctly identifies that her Democratic Party needs to rejuvenate. However the problem runs much deeper than just image and its ability to refocus on the younger generation and women.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:51am 1 comment

The people suffer when there's too much politicking

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. Photo: Sam Tsang

Finally, there is good news for our elderly citizens. In a dramatic turnaround nine days ago, a means-tested HK$2,200 monthly allowance for those aged 65 and above was passed after the government changed its tactics in the legislature. Lawmakers were first asked to approve funding for new civil service posts to operate the scheme.

16 Dec 2012 - 3:35am