Poverty line

Hong Kong plans to set its first official poverty line in 2013. The threshold will be decided by a panel of experts at the Commission on Poverty but is expected to be set at half of the median household income.

Hong Kong poverty line expected to be set within three months

One in three elderly people are living below the poverty line, said a recent report. Photo: Felix Wong

An official poverty line is expected to be drawn within three months, said a leading professional, as a board of government-appointed experts held a meeting on the issue on Monday.

Thursday, 11 June, 2015, 4:33pm

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

Set clear goals in fight against poverty: think tank

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: AP

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's anti-poverty blueprint lacks detailed targets, making it difficult for the public to scrutinise its effectiveness, a pro-government think tank has said.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:13am

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

Poverty line will be drawn this year, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung promises

Ronny Tong Ka-wah

Hong Kong's official poverty line will be drawn this year, welfare chief Matthew Cheung Kin-chung promised yesterday.

At a Legislative Council welfare panel meeting, the Secretary of Labour and Welfare also defended Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's maiden policy address, which many in the social welfare circle had deemed "extremely disappointing" with nothing new being offered.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:09am

N-nothings are below the poverty line, beyond subsidies

Commission on Poverty member Law Chi-kwong. Photo: Edward Wong

Almost two-thirds of the so-called "N-nothings" – low-income people not receiving any government assistance – live in cramped spaces about the size of a standard Hong Kong bathroom, a survey has indicated.

The Salvation Army, which conducted the poll, called for establishment of a poverty line to identify those in need.

22 Jan 2013 - 2:24pm

200,000 households trapped below energy poverty line

People stuck living in tiny cubicles like this man will often be charged higher than normal power rates by landlords. Photo: Thomas Yau

The city's poor do not come home to light at night, heat in winter or cool air in summer. Their priority is being able to afford the electricity bill.

Yip, 54, is one of them, surviving on the HK$4,420 social security assistance provided by the government.

22 Jan 2013 - 2:25pm

Hong Kong's new poverty line wins wary support

Illustration: Henry Wong

In a city better known for conspicuous wealth, a new economic indicator will seek to determine just how many Hongkongers instead live in poverty.

22 Jan 2013 - 1:43pm

Poverty Commission set to define poverty line

Stephen Fisher. Photo: Oliver Tsang

A recognised poverty line for Hong Kong should emerge after the Commission on Poverty's inaugural meeting today, a member of the body said.

"It's a fairly agreed-on consensus already. It's best to not waste time arguing over it," Oxfam Hong Kong director general Stephen Fisher said.

22 Jan 2013 - 2:25pm

Defining poverty line for Hong Kong is just the first step

Leung Chun-ying appointed a task force to prepare for the revival of the Commission on Poverty even before he became chief executive. Since then the issue has been getting the attention it deserves, free of the distractions of controversy that have dogged this administration during its first 100 days like no other since the handover.

22 Jan 2013 - 2:25pm 1 comment

Poverty level in Hong Kong to be defined

The city will define a poverty line, taking a big step towards recognising and alleviating the plight of low-income earners, a government-appointed working group says.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's administration accepted the need to revive the Commission on Poverty, which his predecessor Donald Tsang Yam-kuen scrapped in 2007, the seven-member task force said.

22 Jan 2013 - 2:25pm 1 comment