Poverty in Hong Kong

Firms shine light on social impact

The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels implemented a short training programme 18 months ago, with nine students selected to hone their hospitality skills in group operations including the Peninsula Hong Kong.

University lecturer Stephen Wong Yuen-shan says the Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman missed the point in his doctrine that the only social responsibility of business was to increase profits.

Saturday, 15 June, 2013, 4:14am

Fighting poverty needs 'more than money'

Lau Ming-wai, left, vice-chairman of the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre, with its chairman Donald Li. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong businesses should play a bigger role in the fight against poverty, and that doesn't mean writing bigger cheques, the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre has said.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:32am 2 comments

Lawmakers' poverty fact-finding trip to Europe is scrapped

Frederick Fung Kin-kee

Lawmakers have scrapped plans for a week-long poverty fact-finding trip to Sweden and Finland, which could cost taxpayers HK$565,000. They decided the money would be better spent visiting Taiwan and Japan, which are more akin to Hong Kong.

26 May 2013 - 6:40am 11 comments

Pan-dems get a taste of their own medicine over costly poverty trip

Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung. Photo: Gary Mak

When you spend too much time fighting an enemy, you become like him. That may be why a group of lawmakers led by prominent pan-democrats have decided to spend up to HK$560,000 of taxpayers' money to study poverty relief in Finland and Sweden, just about the most expensive countries you can visit.

13 May 2013 - 1:52am 19 comments

Lawmakers plan trip costing up to HK$560,000 to study poverty

Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung. Photo: Gary Mak

Lawmakers are considering spending up to HK$560,000 of public money on a week-long trip to find ways to deal with one of Hong Kong's most pressing problems - poverty.

12 May 2013 - 6:05am 20 comments

Talking points

Wang Yi

Foreign Minister Wang Yi sets out tomorrow to pay official visits to Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei, returning to Beijing on May 5.

6 May 2015 - 4:46pm

Budget promises bounty, but relief measures likely smaller

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah. Photo: May Tse

Relief measures, including the waiver of property rates and public housing rents, as well as a tax rebate, are expected to be unveiled by Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah in the current administration's first - and his sixth - budget next Wednesday.

18 Feb 2013 - 8:24am 9 comments

Hong Kong political, charity groups urge using budget surplus on poor

About 200 members of the Society for Community Organisation marched from Southorn Playground in Wan Chai to the government's offices in Admiralty yesterday, joining others urging the government to use its estimated HK$60 billion budget surplus tohelp the poor. Photo: Nora Tam

Financial Secretary John Tsang had forecast a HK$3.4 billion deficit for the fiscal year, but revenue from land sales and stamp duties resulted in a HK$40 billion surplus in just the first three quarters. Political and charity groups urge Tsang to use the huge surplus to help lift the city's most vulnerable out of poverty.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am 3 comments

Poor Tin Shui Wai has priciest food

Tin Shui Wai has the highest grocery store food prices, according to a Labour Party survey. Photo: Nora Tam

Tin Shui Wai - one of the city's poorest areas - has the highest grocery store food prices, with pork and beef prices more than 50 per cent higher than in other districts, a Labour Party survey has found.

12 Feb 2013 - 9:59am

Talking points

Obama delivers state-of-the-union speech

US President Barack Obama delivers his annual state-of-the-union speech to Congress, an opportunity to set out some of his priorities for his second term of office.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Getting facts on poverty is crucial first step

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung recently announced that a poverty line would be defined by the end of the year. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Governments need facts and figures to do the job of governing properly. Hong Kong's lack of an officially recognised poverty line has meant that the poor are prone to fall through cracks in our welfare system. One of our most respected NGOs, the Council of Social Service, contends that one in three elderly people are now needy, putting the number for the first time over 300,000. The figures are shocking for a city so wealthy, but in the absence of official recognition, they are little more than a disturbing statistic.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am

Relief measures for the poor after poverty line established: Carrie Lam

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. Photo: Dickson Lee

"A poverty line will be set up in October to help quantify the poverty-stricken population for a focused analysis," said Lam on a radio programme yesterday.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm

One in three old people in Hong Kong are living below the poverty line

Poverty among the elderly is more severe in Hong Kong than in other developed economies. Photo: SCMP

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, which has been tracking poverty in the city for 13 years, says the poverty problem will get even more acute unless it is tackled with long-term plans. The council's latest six-monthly report shows that one in three elderly people are living below the poverty line. It is the first time the number of poor elderly has edged above the 300,000 mark, to 305,000.

27 Jan 2013 - 9:38am 7 comments

Officials to have 'rough idea' of Hong Kong poverty line by July

An elderly woman in Central pushes a trolley loaded with cardboard boxes for recycling. Photo: EPA

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the Commission on Poverty would have a “rough idea” on how the city’s first poverty line should be set in six months.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Poor citizens' health problems

The findings of a University of Hong Kong study on health care for the poor ("Health of poor an urgent case", January 6) should provide Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying with some vital food for thought for his forthcoming policy address.

The study emphasised "a host of health problems" affecting poor people, especially the elderly, in our community.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am 1 comment