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.

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

N-nothings are below the poverty line, beyond subsidies

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.

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