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Socioeconomics

Chinese people want equal opportunities, not equal income

China should seek to level the playing field, not people's income. Photo: Reuters

Will income distribution reform finally be launched in China? Reports said the blueprint - already eight years in the making - will be unveiled this month after repeated delays. What's in it is a matter of great public concern.

Thursday, 18 October, 2012, 3:22am

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

Shanty towns transformed into vibrant communities in Brazil

The former shanty town of Uniao de Vila Nova in Sao Paulo has been transformed with upgraded flats and water towers.Photo: AFP

New hope is sprouting near a future Brazil 2014 World Cup soccer stadium, where a once crime-ridden shanty town has emerged as a vibrant community with skyrocketing property values.

Emerging powerhouse Brazil faces a daunting task in providing decent housing for its millions of urban poor, many of whom languish in slums, known as favelas, on the periphery of major cities.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:27am

Commission can fight poverty with long-term strategy

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has decided to revive the Commission on Poverty which was scrapped in 2007.

I completely agree with Oxfam Hong Kong, which has suggested that the commission should have a poverty line defined and rethink poverty reduction targets, as these are realistic ways to help the needy.

28 Aug 2012 - 2:13am

Mobility is the new job security

In my line of work, job security is always a concern; all professionals who make career moves are looking not only for advancement, but also stability.

The traditional definition of job security was predominantly focused on "not being fired", as employees burrowed deep into businesses, making themselves as indispensible as possible.

25 Aug 2012 - 2:14am

Checking in for a travel boom

The travel trend among Chinese mainlanders is increasingly on the up, backed by a rapidly growing consumer class.

Soaring numbers of Chinese tourists packed onto flights out of the country is a sure sign that a fast-growing consumer class of about 130 million is not worried that the likely slowest year of economic growth since 1999 will sap their spending power.

21 Aug 2012 - 2:00am

Help for elderly must not end at stopgap measures

The week before last, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced an interim package of welfare measures. Perhaps inevitably, some critics claimed it was just an attempt to divert attention from the allegations flying around the new administration.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Billions more for struggling elderly

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying yesterday delivered a multibillion-dollar package of relief measures to improve the lives of the elderly poor and boost the development of social enterprises.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Nature's riches

How did Hong Kong top a global liveability ranking associated with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)? Just as Hong Kong people can't believe their city came first, cities such as Melbourne, Vancouver and others, who usually do well in the research organisation's annual surveys of liveability, may wonder why they fell behind.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Don't blame Donald for Hong Kong's housing problems

In the second of a three-part series on the [former] chief executive's time in office, we look at his failure to solve the intractable problems buffeting the housing sector.

SCMP, June 29

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lift the burden on those hardest hit by private-sector housing costs

Mrs Lee, a recipient of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance scheme, squeezes her family into a small cubicle apartment in Sham Shui Po.

Her two teenage daughters refuse to stay at home, she says, because it is too hot. Instead, they go to a social services unit for young people or the public library, returning only to sleep.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Helping underclass requires vision

Hong Kong has become more prosperous over the decades and emerged from financial crises in better shape than most places. Yet inequality has grown. The latest evidence is difficult to refute. The city's Gini coefficient index, an internationally respected measure of income inequality, has risen in recent years to be highest in the developed world.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Haves and have-nots

The gap between rich and poor in Hong Kong now stands at its widest in at least three decades.

The Census and Statistics Department says the city's Gini coefficient has reached 0.537 based on income data from 2011.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tsang let the Gini out of the bottle

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has, perhaps, finally understood where he failed. The grilling and humiliation the retiring chief executive suffered in the legislature last week marked a sad ending to a public career spanning more than four decades. He has taken care of the wealth of Hong Kong, but not its wealth gap.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Making the rich poorer is not answer, C.Y. says

The government would not make the rich poorer so as to narrow the wealth gap, chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying said yesterday as he named the members of a committee to revive a commission to tackle poverty.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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