Stephen Fisher

Who said it?

Oxfam HK director general Stephen Fisher

Housing is a structural cause of poverty [in Hong Kong] due to some of our land policies

Oxfam HK director general Stephen Fisher


This is not an abuse of power. It was carried out according to law and procedure

Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 4:29am

Hong Kong's new poverty line wins wary support

Illustration: Henry Wong

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

Stephen Fisher. Photo: Oliver Tsang

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

Welfare for working poor depresses wages, benefits greedy employers

Oxfam Hong Kong, Director General, Dr Stephen Frederick Fisher. Photo: Dickson Lee

[Oxfam director general Stephen] Fisher, who is on the government-appointed Commission on Poverty, said he would urge the authorities to introduce a low-income family allowance for the working poor who earned less than CSSA payments but were loath to apply for assistance.

SCMP, November 14

18 Nov 2012 - 3:48am 1 comment

Rise in number of CSSA applicants expected

The number of CSSA applications are expected to rise in the next few months. Social Welfare Department director Stephen Fisher said that during other crises, the number of applications from the unemployed and low-income workers had increased. The department would see whether the government needed to inject more resources into welfare, he said.

10 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Care needed on child welfare applications

A child's rightful place is with its parents. Sadly, circumstances can often make that difficult, if not impossible. There is sometimes a need to provide welfare support to ensure that families can stay together. This upholding of family values rightly enjoys strong support in the community. But it must not be abused.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

'No welfare' for HK-born children of mainlanders

The welfare chief has said he will not grant Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) to Hong Kong-born children of mainland parents unless the reasons for the request are very compelling.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Accounts staff blamed for travel claims leak

Privacy Commission accounting staff are believed to have leaked to the press and government details of alleged inflated travel-allowance claims made by the former deputy privacy commissioner, a top bureaucrat claimed yesterday.

6 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

HK$300m short-term boost for welfare pay

Cash-strapped welfare organisations have been promised a chance to share in as much as HK$300 million under short-term government relief measures announced yesterday.

About two-thirds of the money has been earmarked for welfare groups to increase staff pay.

1 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Strike organiser admits mix-up

The organiser of the social workers' strike has admitted failing to tell protesters in advance of an arrangement that the welfare chief would only accept one petition in person.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Rich pickings at licence plate auction

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

More delays looming on expat package bill

The anti-racism bill faces further delays, with Home Affairs Department officials meeting the international business community today to discuss proposed tough curbs on expatriate packages.

Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Stephen Fisher told the Committee on the Promotion of Racial Harmony yesterday that drafting of the bill was nearing completion.

11 May 2006 - 12:00am

Most say gays are ok, as long as they're not family

Up to 80 per cent of people are accepting of homosexuals as colleagues, neighbours and friends but only 40 per cent will accept them as family members, a government survey has found.

More than half of the 2,040 respondents agreed the government should ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, but 34.5 per cent said the government should not introduce such legislation.

14 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Legislators press for anti-bias law to protect mainland migrants

Legislators are not giving up the fight for a law to protect newly arrived mainland migrants against discrimination in Hong Kong.

11 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Watchdog placed on the agenda

The government will consider forming a children's commission to co-ordinate policies affecting the interests of children.

Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Stephen Fisher said the administration would consider setting up a central co-ordinating system, which the United Nations and non-governmental organisations have been seeking for years.

4 Oct 2005 - 12:00am