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Welfare State

No legal support for pushing through national education, lawyers say

Lawyers say the government cannot force public schools to start national education classes - which it says will be mandatory in three years' time.

Saturday, 1 September, 2012, 3:57am

Survey finds 3/4 oppose national-education lessons

Students cover their eyes with red ribbons during a march against national education in Hong Kong on August 26, 2012. SCMP

Three-quarters of parents and pupils questioned in a large-scale survey say the controversial national-education curriculum should be withdrawn and a new consultation exercise held, despite government claims of majority support for the plan.

31 Aug 2012 - 12:39pm

An affluent society cares for its poor

Hong Kong's claim to be a caring society has often been taken for granted. With ever-expanding welfare expenditure and an array of social services provided, there is a common belief that the poor and disadvantaged are being taken care of by the government and an extensive network of NGOs. Occasionally, the plight of some extreme cases make headlines and warrant urgent attention.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Residency rule for dole unconstitutional, court told

The requirement that a permanent resident had to be living in the city almost continuously for a year before being eligible to apply for welfare was unconstitutional, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday.

25 May 2010 - 12:00am

This Greek tragedy should be a salutary lesson for Hong Kong

Our democratically minded citizens and politicians need to pay attention to the Euro110 billion (HK$1.1 trillion) in loans from 'euro-zone countries and the International Monetary Fund' which is being given to Greece to bail it out of bankruptcy ('Anger builds amid rush to implement more spending cuts', May 4).

6 May 2010 - 12:00am

Thinking small is the key to Hong Kong's new deal

In times of crisis, governments like to think big and believe that they are most impressive when announcing massive action plans; yet, sometimes, big solutions come in small packages. Indeed, to achieve urgently needed results, small packages fit the bill far better than grandiose plans involving billions of dollars.

7 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Perils of the 'welfare trap'

We have all heard stories of Chinese migrant workers who leave their rural homes and travel hundreds of kilometres to the big city in order to earn a few hundred dollars a month. If they get sick, it means no work and no money, no food for their family and no money for their children to go to school.

30 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Close monitoring of pensioners urged

The government should closely monitor the welfare of elderly people living on social security, an academic said.

'The case shows there is a service gap right now,' said Alexander Kwan Hang-sang, a senior lecturer at Polytechnic University's department of applied social sciences.

30 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Greater effort needed to stop welfare abuse

No one can help feel sorry for the two brothers, aged two and three, found wailing and crying in the early hours of Thursday morning at their home in Shamshuipo. Their parents have a long history of neglecting their welfare. Though barely able to express themselves, the two boys have picked up a rich vocabulary of dirty slang from their father.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Elderly struggle after dole cuts

The 2003 and 2004 cuts in CSSA payments have harmed the health and social lives of old people on welfare and deprived them of a reasonable retirement, says a social worker who conducted a survey on the impact of the 11.1 per cent reduction.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Red-tape culture should give French something to protest against

Liberte! Fraternitee! Egalite! Emploi!

That could very well be the cry on the streets of Paris this week, as the usual suspects of students, trade unions, intellectuals, professionals and the unemployed - swelling to more than three million at one time - rebelled against a key labour-reform measure.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am