Social Services

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

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

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.

Sunday, 27 January, 2013, 9:38am 7 comments

On disability services, a government push could go far

On disability services, a government push could go far. Photo: SCMP

Did you notice all the events taking place in Hong Kong last week to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities? No? Me neither.

14 Dec 2012 - 2:49am

Festive flying rabbits

Rabbits fly and horses hover in a new art exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Hong Kong Award for Young People.

Hong Kong artist and designer Margaret Chu Cheuk-wai handcrafted the creatures to reflect the active spirit of the award.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Emerging public policy group steps up to the plate

Organisation viewed as resource of talent and political skill

A public policy advocacy group widely seen as a source of political talent in Hong Kong says it is trying to enhance its credibility in light of rising public expectations.

26 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Children and Youth Services

Where: 6/F, 23 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui

What: Founded in 1978, the charity group aims to help individuals and families to better cope with life challenges. It also promotes social consciousness and a sense of civic responsibility among young people, while offering a wide variety of social services for children, youths, families and the elderly.

1 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Funding for social services may be cut a further 2pc

Proposed reduction is being considered as part of plan to ease the budget deficit

Social welfare groups probably face a 2 per cent cut in funding next year to help ease the budget deficit.

The Health, Welfare and Food Bureau is among several government offices to have received letters outlining their budgets for 2005-06 from Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen.

19 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Growing pains

As a small city with a huge population, Hong Kong's growth from third to first-world status over the past 50 years has been truly amazing.

18 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Narrowing the gulf

It is nearly impossible to exaggerate the misery experienced by Hong Kong's divided families. There are few sadder spectacles than those of young fathers struggling to raise two or three children in cramped rented rooms, far from mainland mothers they cry for constantly and see perhaps once a year.

31 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Immigrants say no to free lunch, luxury tour

New immigrants are turning down the offer of a free lunch and luxury tour of the territory.

A four-day package with seminars and expert advice on everyday issues has attracted only 50 applicants.

29 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Child protection

How many more times will a child be injured or killed when locked up alone in the house before something is done to stop such tragedies? Tuesday's drama, in which a five-year-old was burned, is not a rare event. They are depressingly common. Hundreds of children are killed or maimed this way.

17 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Working with children

Mature students who like working with children are invited to join a volunteer training programme organised by the Hok Yau Club.

The course will teach child psychology and communication techniques, and allow participants to practise the skills they learn.

11 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Better social services needed

I TEND to agree with Sandy Wong (South China Morning Post, June 23) that it was inappropriate for the Governor to hail foreign domestic helpers (FDH) as heroines regarding their contribution to Hong Kong.

11 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Sad plight of 'motherless' children

YOUR newspaper is to be commended for publicising the case of Kwong Sai-hin, whose mother has now had her visa extended in order to allow her to care for this little fire victim, who will no doubt suffer psychological as well as physical scars when he grows older, unless plastic surgery can repair the damage.

31 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Record highs help fund

UNCLAIMED Mark Six prize money, plus cash raised by the auction of vehicle registration numbers, are expected to reach record highs of $48 million and $39 million respectively this financial year.

This compared with $39 million and $18 million in 1991-92.

27 Feb 1993 - 12:00am