Social Welfare Department

Deaths review reveals children's suffering at hands of parents

Deaths review reveals children's suffering at hands of parents

Most children who die violently in Hong Kong are killed by their parents - usually in a murder-suicide, a review has found.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 5:51am

Elderly need more protection

Elder Ring, a hotline service operated by the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association for elderly people on public assistance. Photo: Edmond So

Like financial hardship, abuse of the elderly is a serious problem that needs to be tackled.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am

Relatives' cash for elderly to be treated as assets in allowance plan

Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, director of the Social Welfare Department. Photo: Dickson Lee

Financial support from relatives will not be counted as part of an elderly person's income, but will be considered assets when assessing his eligibility for a new government allowance, the social welfare chief says.

1 Feb 2013 - 4:09am

Confusion over social security means test

The Ombudsman has hit out at the Social Welfare Department for setting "contradictory criteria" that led to an elderly couple initially losing a month's payments in Comprehensive Social Security Assistance.

The issue revolves around whether the CSSA asset means test should still be applicable if the person is old or infirm.

11 Jan 2013 - 4:10am 1 comment

City Digest, December 22, 2012

Exco approves CLP deal for Turkmenistan gas

The Executive Council has endorsed a gas procurement agreement between CLP Power and the mainland to bring natural gas to Hong Kong via a pipeline from Turkmenistan. The 20-year contract will enable CLP to double its gas use and meet the 2015 emission targets.


N Korean sailor dies after cargo ship blast

22 Dec 2012 - 3:51am

Domestic violence by women against men on the rise

Most recorded cases of domestic violence were in the New Territories North. Many mainland migrants and ethnic minorities settle in the district.

Women are increasingly using violence against their husbands and boyfriends, according to figures from the police and Social Welfare Department.

12 Nov 2012 - 5:31am

Father leaves his three children to fend for themselves

Police are looking for the father of three children aged nine to 13 who has left them unattended in a Sheung Shui village house since September.

The Hongkonger, thought to be between 40 and 50 years old, had visited his children three times since they moved in about eight weeks ago, police said.

27 Oct 2012 - 2:55am

Mainland Chinese parents dumping disabled, sick children in HK, charity claims

Mainlanders are using Hong Kong as a place to abandon mentally handicapped and chronically ill children born in the city, a welfare group says.

Charity St James' Settlement says at least two such mentally disabled children in its care have been abandoned.

13 Aug 2012 - 8:58am

City Digest

Attack over failure to announce CSSA change

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Why rugby is worth a try for troubled youngsters

'That kid over there didn't get along with anyone on the team,' said Tank Lam Hip-hau.

The part-time coach for the Breakthrough rugby team nods towards a wiry boy who moments earlier was swearing he was the model of good behaviour.

'He had aggression issues, got into a lot of fights at school. Now he plays for Hong Kong on the under-19s team.'

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Appeal against ruling over rent refunds

The government has appealed against a court ruling entitling a dole recipient to rent and rates rebates, which could cost the city millions of dollars worth of payouts.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Old couple loses welfare eligibility after 11 years

The Social Welfare Department is under fire for disqualifying an elderly couple from welfare payments because the value of their ancestral home on the mainland has been pushed up by the appreciating yuan.

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Dole cheats tracked down online

Sleuths from the Social Welfare Department are tracking down cheaters through a new investigative front - cyberspace. Their target is welfare recipients who use social networking sites to earn extra income through clandestine business.

6 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Egg-waffle man in fraud probe

Egg-waffle man Ng Yuk-fai, who said he refused to claim the dole and was praised by the health minister for his independence, is being investigated by police for alleged benefit fraud.

The Social Welfare Department launched a probe after news reports of the Tai Hang hawker's latest arrest last week alerted it to his earnings.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Street sleeper dies in blaze

29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am