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    16 Feb 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

       Social Welfare Policy – Poverty-reduction measure

    Issue

    • Work Incentive Transport Subsidy

    News Content

    • Over thirty legislators had threatened to block the extended transport subsidy scheme with an adjournment motion at Friday’s Finance Committee meeting.
    • Liberal Party said its three legislators would join the Democrats and unionists to withhold the approval. A simply majority of the attending legislators is required to pass the motion.
    • Liberal Party’s chairwoman Miriam Lau said they could not support the scheme as the proposed income cap level would discourage low-paid households from going out and working.
    • The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong however said the party would support the program.

    Questions

    • The new scheme has strict eligibility criteria. Applicants would be mean-tested on a household basis. An applicant had to work for a minimum of 72 hours per month to be eligible for the subsidy.
    • The subsidy is by nature a poverty-reduction measure aimed to help the working poor and narrow the rich-poor gap. Therefore it should benefit as many people as possible. The eligibility requirement should thus be loosened.