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Welfare Economics

Fraudsters cost social security fund 1.7b yuan

A national audit has uncovered social security fund fraud involving 1.7 billion yuan (HK$2.09 billion) and more than 300 people.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:54pm

Most CSSA recipients can't afford basic necessities

Over half of Hongkongers living on welfare payments cannot afford some basic necessities of life, according to a study released yesterday by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Airport Authority rethinks stance on social costs

The Airport Authority appears to be softening on its reluctance to conduct an extra study on the social costs and benefits of building a third runway, and to gauge carbon emissions from aircraft.

The authority has also pledged to identify the practical methodologies for such a study to ease public concerns over the development.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Progress seen in expat social security scheme

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said yesterday a new law that requires expatriate workers on the mainland to make social security payments was proceeding 'in an orderly manner', despite strong opposition among the business community.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing doubles threshold for rural poverty

The central government is raising the rural poverty line. The threshold will nearly double as part of efforts to eradicate poverty in the next decade, in a move that also reflects the country's rising wealth and the erosion of consumer purchasing power.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

SWD provides first response to human need

The ability to provide quality customer service is among the key requirements for candidates seeking a career with the Social Welfare Department (SWD).

The social security officer and assistant positions are the core departmental grades for delivering services to the public.

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Support system

It would appear that the chief executive has given up finding a solution to improving retirement protection for the ageing population of Hong Kong. Society is too divided and it will be difficult, if not impossible, to forge a consensus on the subject.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Two-thirds of welfare appeals rejected

Less than one-third of appeal cases heard in 2006-07 against a ruling relating to social security payments were successful, officials said yesterday. A total of 313 appeals were heard by the Social Security Appeal Board, but only 28 per cent, or 87 cases, succeeded. All were about the Social Welfare Department's assessments of the applicants' medical needs.

24 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Six executives may face further fraud charges

26 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Disabled lose out in appeal for benefits

A lack of medical experts in the disability allowance appeal system has blocked benefits to those who are genuinely in need, legislators heard yesterday.

The two bodies that deal with appeals from people whose benefits have been denied or withdrawn by the Social Welfare Department will not accept independent medical advice, it was claimed.

13 Mar 2007 - 12:00am