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Agenda and Minutes -
The 3 Meeting 14/15

Date: March 23, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: 1410, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building

Agenda:

1. To receive the agenda

2. To confirm the minutes of last meeting (Appendix 1)

3. Business Update

3.1 Policy Research and Advocacy

3.2 Social Impact Assessment

3.3 Sector’s Capacity Building

4. Matters for Discussion

4.1 Proposal of Tenancy Control (Appendix 2)

4.2 Subdivided Unit Rental Index (Appendix 3)

5. Any other business

6. Next date of meeting 



Minutes:

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

Policy Research & Advocacy

Specialized Committee on Social Development (2014/2015)

 

Minute of the Third Meeting

 

Date:

March 23, 2015 (Monday)

Time:

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Venue:

Room 1410, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building

Present:

Mr. Wong Chi Hung, Edmond (Chairperson)

-   Caritas - Hong Kong

 

Ms. Wong Wai Mui, Nancy

(Vice Chairperson)

-   Christian Family Service Centre

 

Mr. Keith Wong (Secretary)

-   The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

 

Dr. Chung Ting Yiu, Robert

-   The University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme(Co-opted)

 

Mr. Ng Sze On

-   St. James’ Settlement

 

Mr. Chan Kin Hung, Charles

-   The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong

 

Ms. Chau Ngan Ching

-   The Salvation Army

Apology:

Mr. Choi Shing Kiu, Philip

 

-   Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, Lutheran Church – Hong Kong Synod

 

Dr. Fung Kwok Kin

-   Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University (Co-opted)

In attendance:

Ms. Agnes Yang (Recorder)

-   The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

 

1.      To receive the agenda

The agenda was adopted without amendment.

 

2.      To confirm minute of the last meeting

The minute was adopted without amendment.  

 

3.      Business Update

3.1  Policy Research and Advocacy

Consultation on Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme

The government extended the consultation period on the Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme. The SD team has an extra month to prepare the position paper to respond the consultation. The submission will show our support on this scheme but also raise the concerns on the insurance fee, and sustainability of the scheme.  

 

Housing Issue

As mentioned in the last meeting, the first draft of the Rental Market Regulation Study report had completed. The report, once finalized, will submit to the Standing Committee with our Council’s proposal on Tenancy Control for final endorsement. Apart from this, the housing panel of Legco invited various organizations to present their views on Long-term Housing Strategy on May 21. Mr. Keith Wong will represent the council to attend the meeting.

 

Service Research on Mental Illness

The metal illness research was in progress. The data collection was end in March and there were total 488 questionnaires received. Data analyse will start in April and the preliminary result will be presented to the working group in May. 

 

3.2   Social Impact Assessment

3 Three SIA projects will start in coming several months. These projects were commissioned by the parties of New World Development Company Limited, Salvation Army and JP Morgan.

 

3.3     Sector’s Capacity Building

The SD unit has been put more effort on promoting research to boost the sector’s capacity building. The EBP conference received positive feedbacks. The participants thought that the conference theme and the case study fulfilled their expectation. Besides, the Practitioner-Researcher Group has increasing the member number from 14 to 26, which can show the support from the sector. The 2nd research salon will be held on May 21 to inspire sector’s thought on promoting service development and policy advocacy with the use of statistical data.

 

3.4  Policy Bulletin

The 18th issue, “The Good Youth in Hong Kong”, reviews the development of youth policy in Hong Kong, and explores the implications of the Umbrella Movement on youth policy and service development through expert interview. Three focus group interviews were conducted to understand the reasons for the participation of secondary-school, university students, and working youth into the movement, and their views on the future. The soft copy will upload online in the end of March and the hard copy will print out in April.

 

4.      Matters for discussion

4.1  Proposal of Tenancy control

In the past a year, the SD unit did a desktop research to understand the overseas experience on rental regulation. The desktop was studying 3 countries includes the Netherlands, Germany and France. Based on this research, Mr. Charles Ho had drafted a proposal on Hong Kong tenancy control. He gave members an overview on the drafted of proposal on tenancy control and engaged member to discuss the rent adjustment and tenant’s right. Members had a discussion on it. There were some issues proposed by the members:

  • Members supported to advocate the tenancy control in Hong Kong.
  • Members agreed with the two principles proposed by the working group: 1. to protect the residents who are waiting for the public house to have affordable decent housing. 2. to admit the renters have property ownership rights and to consider the compensation scheme for the landlords.
  • Members suggested discussing the specifics later after the government commit to re-launch the tenancy control.
  • Keith invited members to join the roundtable seminar on rental regulation which will provide a platform for the civil society to exchange views and proposals on tenancy control, with inputs and stimulators from the professionals with varied background. More information will be sent to member upon the coming of the event. (Post-meeting note: The seminar will be co-organized with the Platform of Concerning Subdivided Flats Issue in Hong Kong and the School of Social Science, Caritas of Higher Education on Jun 26. The event information had been sent to members via email.)

 

4.2  Subdivided Unit Rental Index

Mr. Keith Wong introduced the subdivided unit rental index to all members. The index is collaboration between IOFC of CUHK, the HKCSS and Platform of Concerning Subdivided Flats Issue in Hong Kong. The index aims to construct a quarterly rental index of subdivided housing units in HK, which is based on a novel construction method by a comparison approach between ratable values of housing flats and actual market rents of the subdivided housing units within the same flat. The rental change over time can then trace the rental index of subdivided housing units with reference to the housing rental index of Rating and Valuation Department (RVD). The IOFC of CUHK helped to handle the data analyze while HKCSS assisted to purchase second hand data from RVD and Platform collected the first hand data.

 

5.      Any other business

5.1  New Co-opted Member

Dr. KK Fung accepted our invitation and will be the co-opted members of the committee in term of 2015 – 17.

 

5.2  Study Visit to Netherlands on Social Housing

The trip will be held in October and invite 5 delegates to join the study tour. One delegate will be reserved to the Counicl and others for agency organizations which subsided by the Community Chest Fund. Mr. Charles Chan, Mr. Edmond Wong and Ms. Chau agreed to serve as the members of the Vetting Panel.

 

6.      Next date of meeting

Members agreed to meet on July 10 (Friday) at 10:00 a.m..

 

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m..

 

Confirmed by :

 

 

Wong Chi Hung

Chairperson of Specialized Committee

 

Date:

10-07-2015

 


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