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    18 Feb 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

       Social Security Policy – Poverty reduction Policy

    Issue

    • Work Incentive Traffic Subsidy

    News Content

    • The scheme was modified yesterday to win the support of the pro-establishment lawmakers who once vowed to support the adjournment motion led by pan-democrat legislator.
    • Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung told the lawmakers at a manpower panel meeting yesterday that the income limit for two-member households would raise to HK$12,000. And in order to include part-time workers, a half-rate subsidy of HK$300 would be granted to those work between 36 and 72 hours a month.
    • The revised scheme would cost HK$4.8 billion, and cover the total to 436,000 people.
    • Legislators from the Federation of Trade Unions and Liberal party had decided to vote in favor of the government.

    Questions

    • The eligibility criteria are still strict. Applicants would be mean-tested on a household basis
    • 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. No mean-tested is needed. As long as the applicant works for a certain period of time, he or she is entitled to have the subsidy.