Cameron's Conservative-Liberal coalition government, trying to rein in the national budget deficit, is bringing in a series of changes to the system this month - in the face of bitter opposition from the Labour Party. The debate has been fuelled by the case of Mick Philpott, a nationally notorious welfare-dependent father of 18, who was jailed last week for the manslaughter of six children in setting fire to his own house.Monday, 8 April, 2013, 4:45am
The death of seven orphans in Shiyan, Hubei, in the past four months has added more fuel to concern about the protection of children. An online posting said the children had died from the cold after the public orphanage turned off the heat to save money.2 Mar 2013 - 4:56am
One major purpose of a budget is to maintain macroeconomic balance. That implies the government should rein in spending in times of economic boom, and expand it in difficult times.
It also involves weighing the immediate need to help the poor against ensuring long-term economic capacity, so income and employment can rise along with strengthening social mobility.28 Feb 2013 - 2:17pm
The government's promise of a maximum three-year wait for public housing is a myth, according to a study by Oxfam Hong Kong released yesterday.30 Jan 2013 - 5:49am
Nearly half of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's 36 election pledges on welfare and labour were absent from his five-year blueprint, and have not been raised since he took office in July.19 Jan 2013 - 3:23am
India will pay billions of dollars in social welfare money directly to its poor under a new programme that aims to cut out the middlemen blamed for the massive fraud that plagues the system.2 Jan 2013 - 10:50am
Growing numbers of elderly and sick Germans are being sent overseas for long-term care in retirement and rehabilitation centres because of rising costs and falling standards in Germany.28 Dec 2012 - 3:15am
Poverty afflicts more than a third of the children in mainland families that move to Hong Kong, a study released yesterday shows.14 Dec 2012 - 3:50am
Retirement protection will receive attention from top echelons of the government under a new working group to be chaired by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, she said yesterday.14 Oct 2012 - 11:22am
Elderly people would be eligible to receive the government's proposed HK$2,200-a-month old age subsidy next year if their assets did not exceed an asset limit - set to surpass HK$190,000 because of inflation - the welfare minister said yesterday.14 Oct 2012 - 11:27am
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has been urged to set out long-term goals to tackle poverty rather than hand out "sweeteners", which are welcome but only a temporary solution.
Experts on poverty said even though Leung had fulfilled key election campaign pledges on social welfare, the next step the government needed to take was setting long-term goals.10 Oct 2012 - 3:27am
Hong Kong is a prosperous city with a per capita gross domestic product of HK$268,213 in 2011. Yet, in the middle of this great prosperity, we see the saddening sight of elderly people collecting waste paper and discarded items on the streets.14 Oct 2012 - 11:20pm
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
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
About 100 elderly people took to the streets yesterday calling on the government to speed up the introduction of a special old-age allowance.
Braving the withering heat, the group marched to the Chief Executive's Office in Admiralty and flew paper planes, mocking Leung Chun-ying's delay in delivering his campaign promise of more so-called 'fruit money' for hard-up old people.15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am