The Social Welfare Advisory Committee, the Rehabilitation Advisory Committee,
the Elderly Commission and the Women's Commission advise the Government on
social welfare policy. The Health, Welfare and Food Bureau is responsible for
formulating welfare policies and overseeing their implementation which is executed
by the Social Welfare Department (SWD).
In 2006, the total recurrent expenditure of the SWD was $32.2 billion, of which
$23.1 billion (71.7 per cent) was for financial assistance payments, $6.4 billion (19.9
per cent) for recurrent subventions to non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and
the remaining $2.7 billion (8.4 per cent) for departmental expenditure, including
$500 million for hire of services.