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  • Sep 18, 2014
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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.

Income the key factor in setting poverty line

Income is the most common measurement for poverty worldwide, although it is used in different ways to reach a definition. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service both use a level of half or less than half of the median household income to define poverty.

Friday, 23 August, 2013, 4:49am 1 comment

Half a million survive on less than HK$120 a day

An estimated 545,000 people in Hong Kong are the poorest of the poor, and our census and social welfare policies have failed them, a new study shows.

2 Aug 2013 - 8:09am 4 comments

330,000 poor public housing tenants may be 'pushed' above poverty line

Some 330,000 of Hong Kong's poorest may be raised above the poverty line because they live in low-rent public housing, according to a source familiar with the latest government figures.

About 1.01 million people now fall under the poverty line - the minimum deemed adequate to live in the city - which is set at half the median household income.

8 Jun 2013 - 4:16am 2 comments

Getting facts on poverty is crucial first step

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

Letters to the Editor, February 1, 2013

Legco should back property intervention

The chief executive announced various measures in his policy address to the Legislative Council, aimed at increasing subsidised housing and also at stabilising home prices, especially for lower-income families.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:09am

Hong Kong poverty line expected to be set within three months

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.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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

"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.

28 Jan 2013 - 6:36am

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

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'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

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