Critics of a new change in the age threshold for qualifying for welfare payments say thousands will be left with not enough income to meet daily needs. Photo: Fung Chang

Hong Kong lawmakers united against government’s ‘heartless’ decision to raise age threshold for elderly welfare payments

  • Welfare secretary Law Chi-kwong stands firm but suggests possible measures to ease process for those most affected
  • Government again accused of being out of touch, days after city’s leader Carrie Lam had defended policy and drawn criticism
Topic |   Ageing society

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Critics of a new change in the age threshold for qualifying for welfare payments say thousands will be left with not enough income to meet daily needs. Photo: Fung Chang
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Ernest Kao

Ernest Kao

Ernest is a reporter at the SCMP. He mainly covers environment, energy, science and urban planning and development issues.

Kimmy Chung

Kimmy Chung

Kimmy Chung joined the Post in 2017 and reports for the Hong Kong desk on local politics and Hong Kong-mainland issues. Prior to joining the Post, she covered Hong Kong politics and social policies for more than six years for different media outlets.