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How to break the cycle of child poverty in Hong Kong, where one in five children are poor

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Children who grow up in low-income households tend to have less access to opportunities and therefore are more likely to remain poor in adulthood. The fact that poverty often crosses generational lines makes the problem much harder to tackle.

According to the Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report, there were some 180,000 children (aged below 18) living in poverty in 2015. The child poverty rate was 18 per cent, which meant that nearly every one in five children were living in poverty. Compared with other developed economies, the child poverty rate in Hong Kong is relatively high. It stands at 3.7 per cent in Denmark, 9.8 per cent in Britain, 15.1 per cent in Australia and 21.2 per cent in the US. Read More

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學童問題 除了教育政策外……

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近一年前的學童自殺悲劇,社會一片愁雲。針對諸等事件,政府成立了防止學生自殺委員會,檢討學童自殺的成因。坊間意見除了譴責不負責任的教育局長外,大多將學童問題歸因於學校教師和社工支援、競爭性的教育制度和競爭性的社會環境等,尤其近年社會關注TSA(全港性系統評估)和學生壓力的問題,更傾向於此討論。 Read More

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Hong Kong must treasure and protect its core values, including ‘one country, two systems’

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Jenny Huen & Paul Yip

In recent years, relations between different political camps and between different stakeholders (including the government) in Hong Kong have become increasingly strained and polarised. One of the fundamental reasons behind this phenomenon may be a difference in core values. So what are the values that Hong Kong people uphold, and how do they differ across political affiliations? Read More

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Redirect Hong Kong’s welfare spending to reach its most needy

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Paul Yip

The Commission on Poverty provides detailed figures on the situation in Hong Kong and has just released the fourth update to the poverty line since it was set in 2013. The poverty line is set at half the median household income, according to household size. Those living below it are considered poor. As it is in relative term, there will always be a certain proportion of the population below the threshold. Read More