Welcome to the dedicated website of the Commission on Poverty (the CoP).
As highlighted in the Election Manifesto of the Chief Executive, poverty is an important and imminent issue. The Chief Executive’s vision in poverty alleviation is to encourage young people and adults to become self-reliant through employment, while putting in place a reasonable and sustainable social security and welfare system to help those who cannot provide for themselves. Poverty alleviation is one of the priority policy areas of the Government. Since the establishment of the current-term Government, we have progressively rolled out a number of policies and measures to sooth the problem of poverty to render assistance to the disadvantaged groups.
The CoP is a major partner of the Government in the poverty alleviation work. Since its establishment in December 2012, the Commission and its Task Forces have been reviewing existing measures, located areas of improvement, and deliberated on long-term policy directions. The first official Poverty Line published in September 2013 was a priority task of the CoP. The Poverty Line provides an objective and scientific basis for the Government to analyse the poverty situation, facilitate policy formulation and assess policy effectiveness. Through the annual update of the Poverty Line analysis in the future, we are able to monitor the changes in the poverty situation in Hong Kong and on that basis, draw up with appropriate response measures.
Taking into account the setting of the Poverty Line and poverty situation analysis of Hong Kong, as well as the discussions of the CoP, the Chief Executive announced in the Policy Address 2014 a series of initiatives to tackle poverty which covers a wide range of areas and will benefit various groups. Together, they form our blueprint for poverty alleviation. The CoP will continue to serve as the major policy platform for building consensus to help us in our poverty alleviation work.
Members of the CoP and myself wish to listen to your views to ensure that what we do meets the needs of different groups. I hope that this website will help you understand more about the work of the CoP. You are welcome to exchange views and interact with us through email and other channels.
Chairperson of the Commission on Poverty
Chief Secretary for Administration