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  • Aug 22, 2014
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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. 

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.

Monday, 21 July, 2014, 6:20am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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