The financially vulnerable would suffer extreme hardship without government's social security support. A single parent with young children to look after or the temporarily unemployed may need short-term help.
The overall objective of social security in Hong Kong is to provide for the basic and special needs of the members of the community who are in need of financial or material assistance.
The above objective is achieved through a non-contributory social security system administered by the Department. It comprises the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme, Social Security Allowance Scheme, Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Scheme, Traffic Accident Victims Assistance Scheme and Emergency Relief.