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Hong Kong introduces Workfare scheme for working poor families

Published on Jan 15, 2014 2:04 PM

Hong Kong is putting in place a Workfare-style scheme to supplement the income of its working poor.

Unlike Singapore's wage-supplement scheme though, the Hong Kong government's handouts will be fully in cash.

To qualify, families must have at least one member who works for more than 144 hours a month. They must earn less than half of the city's median household income - which is the definition of poverty in Hong Kong.

There is also no age floor, unlike in Singapore where only those above 35 may apply.

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