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Aged lose out in welfare payment fine print

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Our labour and welfare secretary is smarter than he looks, but that just makes him meaner. You would think being one of the original Democrats and a long-time social work professor would make Law Chi-kwong more compassionate towards the grass roots. It turns out he fits right in the government bureaucracy and its money-pinching ways, at least when it comes to a welfare payment to the old and unprivileged.

After creating a new supplement of HK$1,060 a month for new applicants aged between 60 and 64 to make up for losses due to a policy change, Law gave the impression that he was willing to change course to placate public anger.

It turns out he is keeping the new age requirement for the elderly welfare payment, which has been raised from 60 to 65, for good reason. The........

© South China Morning Post