A survey result, released on Thursday, showed that as Macao's
inflation rate kept growing, the ever rising costs of living is
piling up pressures on many of the local poor people.
The survey, concerning poor people's living conditions, was
launched by the Macao Union General of Community Association
(UGAMM), a local non-governmental organization. Seventy-five
percent of the surveyed were those who received welfare assistance
and pensions from the government.
According to the UGAMM survey, over 60 percent of the surveyed
admitted that they were sustaining pressures from surging costs of
food, while 42.25 percent said articles for daily use were getting
Information from Macao's Statistics and Census Service indicated
that the Composite CPI (Consumer Price Index) for January 2008 rose
by 8.3 percent year-on-year to 119.61, which was attributable to
the marked increase of price indices of food and non-alcoholic
beverages (up 14.42 percent), housing and fuels (up 14.26 percent)
and health (up 12.53 percent).
To address these issues, the UGAMM proposed that the special
administrative region (SAR) government should increase the
allocated amounts of welfare assistance and pensions so as to
offset the influence of inflation on poor people's lives.
(Xinhua News Agency February 22, 2008)