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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Deliver flats at affordable prices

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 03:18am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Deliver flats at affordable prices There is no magic solution to the housing shortage in Hong Kong. Yet expectations have been raised ever since Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying pledged in his manifesto to provide more affordable housing. The stakes were raised even higher when the government committed to deliver 470,000 flats over the next decade, 40 per cent ...

  2. Business - Comment - MR. SHANGKONG

    A house is not a home until it becomes affordable

    Posted Mar 04th 2013, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... is how the government can ensure people can better afford to buy property. Public housing is one way to allow more ordinary people, in particular those with low incomes, to obtain their first ... George Chen Rather than blaming developers, non-local buyers and the US Fed for high property prices, government should focus on how to make HK people rich A house is not a home until ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong cannot afford the false luxury of wasting water

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 03:15am by SU LIU

    ... Su Liu Su Liu calls for holistic management of Hong Kong's water resources, which means officials must do more to capture and recycle wastage A closed loop In his policy address last week, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying made it clear that "Hong Kong needs sustained economic growth to address issues such as poverty, housing, an ageing society, environmental protection ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Affordable housing requires not more land but wiser use

    Posted Jan 10th 2013, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Housing needs wiser land use Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has made ensuring affordable housing a priority. But we are repeatedly told that there is not enough available ... indigenous male villagers, as stipulated under the 1972 small-house policy. Leung has set a target of ensuring 20,000 flats are built each year. That is in keeping with projections ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong can't afford officials' neurotic prudence in public spending

    Posted Jan 06th 2014, 03:28am by Mike Rowse

    ... Mike Rowse Mike Rowse calls on officials to use surpluses to address social needs HK can't afford its neurotic prudence in public spending "The sky is falling" is a famous ... administration has recognised this in the field of housing and is drawing up proposals to increase the stock and improve the quality, plans that run for decades ahead. The contrast between this approach ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Lack of affordable housing is behind the Fa Yuen tragedy

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... units across the territory. The problem goes back to an inadequate supply of affordable housing. No one will go against common sense to live in a death trap if there is a choice. That subdivided ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Government cannot afford to relax in keeping a stable housing market in Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Keep weather eye on house market The aggressive bidding for a Tsuen Wan commercial and residential site, which sold for 13 per cent more than top expectations, reflected ... sale prices at 85 large housing estates, flats on the secondary market broke a record set in October 1997, and rents set a record, too. In the first six months of the year, the index ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing should increase penalties for abusing affordable homes scheme

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 05:07am

    ... housing tends to be geared towards the well off, since local government, developers and banks share an interest in rising home prices. Abuse of the affordable homes scheme compounds the inequity. According to the National Audit Office, 108,400 unqualified families got affordable apartments or cash subsidies last year, and 5.8 billion yuan (HK$7.3 billion) intended for affordable housing ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Tipping the balance between growth and affordability

    Posted Sep 24th 2013, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... growth, which translates into more jobs and rising incomes, and providing affordable housing is a matter of fine judgment. On the mainland, policymakers have not imposed any further restrictions ... Peggy Sito Curbs in HK fail to achieve intended effect with home price gains outstripping rises in incomes Tipping the balance between growth and affordability The Federal Reserve's ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China can afford to let its bubble economy burst

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by ANDY XIE

    ... Andy Xie Andy Xie says China should wean itself off the bubble economy that's now doing more harm than good, by tightening its money supply and restraining its rampaging state sector Fit to burst Right before unveiling the new cabinet line-up, the Ch ...




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