Is cash allowance a way to ease child care burden? Views of carers in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-37
Journal / PublicationChina Journal of Social Work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016


Abstract: Caring for the carers is not only a policy challenge for the government but also a global concern to achieve gender equality by restructuring welfare for care. Paying informal carers is one of the measures that address their needs, which is being practiced in Western countries for more than 10 years now. Financial support for care does not only value the contribution of carers but also compensate for the loss of carers caused by unpaid care duties. However, cash for care is a complex issue because it is located within a number of different policy domains that may be considered controversial. This study discusses the views of carers on cash allowance and identifies issues affecting the support provided to the informal care system in Hong Kong. The discussion is based on the findings from the focus group interviews with 11 groups of carers with different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Research Area(s)

  • care policy, carer’s allowance, Child benefit, Hong Kong, welfare regimes