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LCQ19: The elderly and child dependency ratios
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     Following is a question by the Hon Alan Leong Kah-kit and a written reply by the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Professor K C Chan, in the Legislative Council today (July 11):

Question:

     Regarding the elderly and child dependency ratios, will the Government inform this Council whether it knows:

(a) the number of adults who need to maintain elderly people aged 65 and above, with a breakdown according to the table below;

Number of elderly people      Number of adults
aged 65 and above being       who need to
concurrently maintained     @maintain elderly people
  5 or more
  4
  3
  2
  1
  0

(b) the monthly income of the adults who need to maintain elderly people aged 65 and above, with a breakdown according to the table below; and

Number of         Monthly income of adults
elderly people    who need to maintain elderly people
aged 65 and      Below    $10,000   $25,000    Above
above being     $10,000      to        to     $50,000
concurrently              $25,000   $50,000    
maintained   
  5 or more
  4
  3
  2
  1
  0

(c) the number of adults who need to maintain concurrently elderly people aged 65 and above as well as children aged below 18, with a breakdown according to the table below?

Number of elderly      Number of children
people aged 65 and     being concurrently maintained
above being            1     2     3     4 or more
concurrently
maintained
  5 or more
  4
  3
  2
  1
  0


Reply:

President,

     "Dependency ratios" are statistical indicators which reflect the overall burden of a society.  According to common international statistical practice, "dependency ratios" refer to the number of persons aged under 15 and/or those aged 65 and above per 1 000 persons aged between 15 and 64.  Based on population census/by-census and other statistical data, the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) regularly compiles "dependency ratios".  In 2011, the child dependency ratio, elderly dependency ratio and overall dependency ratio of Hong Kong are as follows:

Child dependency ratio                          155
(The number of persons aged under 15
per 1 000 persons aged between 15 and 64)

Elderly dependency ratio                        177
(The number of persons aged 65 and above
per 1 000 persons aged between 15 and 64)

Overall dependency ratio                        333
(The number of persons aged under 15 and
those aged 65 and above per 1 000 persons
aged between 15 and 64)

     C&SD does not collect or compile data on the dependent elderly persons and/or children maintained by individual adults.  Therefore, we cannot provide the breakdown figures as requested in parts (a), (b) and (c) of the Question raised by Hon Alan Leong Kah-kit.

Ends/Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Issued at HKT 17:11

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