Social Services

Poverty among the elderly is more severe in Hong Kong than in other developed economies. Photo: SCMP

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.