Hong Kong unveils new low-income aid package

More than 30 percent of people over the age of 65 live below the poverty line in the semi-autonomous region.

    Hong Kong's chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, has unveiled a $386.89m aid package for low-income households.

    Activists have been campaigning for changes to Hong Kong's social welfare system for years. They say the $250 monthly cash handouts for the elderly, known as fruit money, are inadequate.

    The government only established an official measure to address poverty two years ago. It found that more than 30 percent of people over 65 fell below the poverty line.

    Al Jazeera's Divya Gopolan reports from Hong Kong.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.