Taipei, New Taipei, and Kaohsiung city governments are all raising the poverty thresholds for next year, according to media reports.
Starting from next year, Taipei City’s poverty line will be raised by NT$382 from NT$15,162 to NT$15,544, the highest among Taiwan’s major cities. In other words, workers in Taipei who earn less than NT$22,000 per month will be qualified as “low- and middle- income” households.
According to Taipei’s Social Welfare Department, the shares of low-income households in the city have decreased over the last three years, while the shares of low- and middle- income households have increased.
It can be served as an indication that the government’s anti-poverty policies have had a positive impact on the city, the department said.
The updated poverty threshold for a household of one is NT$15,544 in Taipei City, NT$13,700 in New Taipei City, NT$13,692 in Taoyuan City, NT$13,084 in Taichung City, NT$12,941 in Kaohsiung City, and NT$11,448 in Tainan City.