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.

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

200,000 households trapped below energy poverty line

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.

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