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Universal pension scheme, studio discussion with Matthew Cheung, Sec. for Labour & Welfare, Nelson Chow of HKU & Eddie Chow of Youth Support Universal Pension (09 Jan 2016)

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It’s that time of year for making New Year resolutions. Possibly moving to the top of the list on that front is the need for Hongkongers to build up health and wealth because it increasing seems that the government thinks that most of us should be dealing with the vicissitudes of old age with either very little or no support at all from the public coffers. Many elderly people in Hong Kong are already to be found scavenging, skimping, and collecting cardboard to cope with extreme poverty. It is this image and other concerns about the situation of elderly people that have led social work professionals and many others to have spent more than three decades asking for the implementation of a comprehensive pension scheme. The government has finally launched a public consultation exercise on whether it should implement a scheme of this kind and whether it should be universal. However a universal scheme is clearly not favoured by the administration and its critics are saying that the real purpose of consulting the public is in fact to scare people away from universal pension provision. With us in the studio are Matthew Cheung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Nelson Chow, Emeritus Professor of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong, and Eddie Chow of Youth Support Universal Pension.

Program: 
The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Station: 
RTHK
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