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Article: Kong Yunming v Director of Social Welfare: Implications for Law and Policy on Social Welfare

TitleKong Yunming v Director of Social Welfare: Implications for Law and Policy on Social Welfare
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherSweet & Maxwell. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hku.hk/law/hklj/
Citation
Hong Kong Law Journal, 2014, v. 44 n. 1, p. 67-82 How to Cite?
AbstractKong Yunming v Director of Social Welfare is a landmark victory for the protection of constitutional social welfare right in Hong Kong. In this unanimous decision of the Court of Final Appeal, the seven-year residence requirement for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) imposed by the Department of Social Welfare was ruled unconstitutional. This case shows a shift in the approach of the court in the adjudication of social welfare right under the Basic Law of Hong Kong. Nonetheless, the decision is very controversial not only because of the recent Mainland China–Hong Kong social tension, but also because of the potential wide implications of the case on future public expenditure on CSSA and the validity of other similar social welfare benefits with the seven-year residence requirement. It also opens to question the legitimacy of the court in overruling government policy choices on resource allocation. This article seeks to provide some clarifications of the legal issues involved and to make a preliminary analysis of the implications of the case for future law and policy on social welfare.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/197601
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.215
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.101
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dc.contributor.authorKong, KYen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-29T08:29:32Z-
dc.date.available2014-05-29T08:29:32Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Law Journal, 2014, v. 44 n. 1, p. 67-82en_US
dc.identifier.issn0378-0600-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/197601-
dc.description.abstractKong Yunming v Director of Social Welfare is a landmark victory for the protection of constitutional social welfare right in Hong Kong. In this unanimous decision of the Court of Final Appeal, the seven-year residence requirement for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) imposed by the Department of Social Welfare was ruled unconstitutional. This case shows a shift in the approach of the court in the adjudication of social welfare right under the Basic Law of Hong Kong. Nonetheless, the decision is very controversial not only because of the recent Mainland China–Hong Kong social tension, but also because of the potential wide implications of the case on future public expenditure on CSSA and the validity of other similar social welfare benefits with the seven-year residence requirement. It also opens to question the legitimacy of the court in overruling government policy choices on resource allocation. This article seeks to provide some clarifications of the legal issues involved and to make a preliminary analysis of the implications of the case for future law and policy on social welfare.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSweet & Maxwell. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hku.hk/law/hklj/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofHong Kong Law Journalen_US
dc.titleKong Yunming v Director of Social Welfare: Implications for Law and Policy on Social Welfareen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailKong, KY: kykong@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityKong, KY=rp01255en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros228971en_US
dc.identifier.volume44en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.spage67en_US
dc.identifier.epage82en_US
dc.publisher.placeHong Kongen_US
dc.identifier.ssrn2428776-
dc.identifier.hkulrp2014/014-

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