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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.

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

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

Tuesday, 22 January, 2013, 4:09am

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.

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

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

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

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