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Lump Sum Grant (11 May 2018)

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The government began subsidising NGOs with lump sum grants in 2000 to replace the traditional reimbursement schemes to allow organisations more flexibility in using resources. 17 years on, the social welfare sector criticised the Lump Sum Grant as a ruse for capping resources for all services. Most NGO salaries have been decoupled from civil service salary scales, frontline staff are exploited and young social workers are changing careers. The industry also slams the failure of the government to adjust the subsidy programme to changing times. Some services have been relying for years on private funds or the business community. The Lump Sum Grant is now under review, a move welcomed by the social welfare sector.

Program: 
Hong Kong Connection
Publish Date: 
Friday, May 11, 2018
Station: 
RTHK
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