Unemployment Benefits

Report welfare cheats, hard-up Japanese town tells residents

A new law requires the townsfolk in Ono to report welfare receipients who spend money playing pachinko. Photo: Bloomberg

A hard-up town has told residents to inform on their neighbours if they suspect them of frittering away their welfare benefits on gambling, drinking or "adult entertainment". The local government in the town of Ono, in rural Hyogo Prefecture outside Osaka, passed a law on Wednesday that requires residents to inform the city hall if they see recipients of state aid playing pachinko - a gambling surrogate that is a form of pinball played on upright boards in vast halls and invariably accompanied by flashing lights and deafening music.

Saturday, 30 March, 2013, 2:49am

Britain's Cameron to curb access to welfare by foreigners

David Cameron is also targeting illegal immigration. Photo: AFP

Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to curb access to welfare, housing and free health care for non-Britons, as political parties jostle to persuade voters they understand concerns over mass immigration. Cameron set out measures yesterday to restrict the rights of foreigners to claim unemployment benefits after six months.

26 Mar 2013 - 5:07am

More Guangdong migrants to get dole

Guangdong will expand its unemployment insurance programme to cover migrant workers in the private sector from October 1 in an effort to bring more stability to the province, which has the country's largest private economy and migrant population.

The current scheme only covers migrant workers in government organisations and state-owned enterprises.

30 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Welfare for 'overpaid' claimants may be cut

Welfare payments may be cut next year after a government study found some families receiving handouts could afford better lifestyles than those in work, the Director of Social Welfare said yesterday.

12 Jul 2002 - 12:00am


AS USUAL, most of the commentary on the latest unemployment rate figures concentrates on that headline number of 6.7 per cent. Let us peer a little at some of its more interesting features.

25 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Firms face crackdown over social security payments

The Labour and Social Security Ministry is planning to get tough on some mainland companies - especially small businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs - for failing to contribute to the social security fund.

25 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Jobless scheme saved $880m, study finds

A programme forcing unemployed people on the dole actively to look for work has saved the Government an estimated $880 million since it was introduced, a study found.

A Social Welfare Department study of the programme released yesterday found that the Support for Self-reliance Scheme had played a major role in helping people return to work.

7 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Activists set to take up 'unfair' cuts with UN

Community organisations will complain to the United Nations about the 'irrational and unfair' welfare cuts proposed yesterday.

The cuts, affecting mainly single mothers and women running households, would be outlined to the UN's Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, Ho Hei-wah, head of the Society for Community Organisation, said.

10 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Children 'to bear brunt of welfare cuts'

More home-alone children would die or be injured because of proposed welfare cuts for single parents, welfare activists warned yesterday.

And more teenagers would join gangs and turn to crime if their parents lost benefits, they said.

30 Nov 1998 - 12:00am