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  1. Hybrid housing an affordable alternative

    Posted Jul 19th 2010, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... to an ongoing study by the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre, this hybrid model might be the answer to the thorny issue of providing affordable housing to people who are not eligible to apply ... schemes in Britain, a homebuyer can buy as little as a 25 per cent share in his flat and a housing association buys the rest. The buyer pays rent set at an affordable rate, in most cases 3 per ...

  2. Use reserves for housing and health, says Goodstadt

    Posted May 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Gary Cheung Hong Kong could afford to use its huge fiscal reserves to spend more on tackling long-term problems such as housing and health care, the pre-handover government's top ... reserve, there is no doubt we could afford resumption of the Home Ownership Scheme,' Goodstadt said. 'Could we [also] afford to have a social insurance scheme based on monthly ...

  3. Housing policy a true test of will

    Posted Jan 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Housing and land supply have become two of the most controversial policy areas in our city. It is reassuring therefore that the candidates to become the next chief executive have attached a high priority to these areas in their campaign platforms. Whoever wins in the election, we have been promised that more public rental units and affordable flats will be provided. Yet beneath ...

  4. Housing consultation misses bigger picture

    Posted May 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Whither government policy on affordable homes? Housing chief Eva Cheng seemed to have enunciated some core principles clearly not long ago. It is a long-standing public policy to ensure ... over land and housing policy- serves no one well. This isn't a new strategy, unfortunately. Public consultations have been used by this government to buy time, to put off making important ...

  5. Hong Kong can't afford to stand still

    Posted Oct 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Philip Bowring Hong Kong is in danger of entering the equivalent of the Brezhnev/ Andropov/Chernenko era of the Soviet Union- two decades of stasis as a system incapable of change gradually hollowed out the nation's power. An empire that had once see ...

  6. Forget stray cats, Mr Tsang, slap a tax on HK's empty flats

    Posted Oct 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... for sale to middle-income families. But there is an easier- and certainly much faster- way to increase the supply of affordable housing. The government should slap a punitive tax on vacant ... Kong's housing stock. The numbers certainly made Jake van der Kamp sit up and pay attention. He devoted a whole column in yesterday's paper to them. I normally wouldn't want to pick up ...

  7. Should he have looked at the bigger picture?

    Posted Oct 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... such as housing, the problems of the elderly and the wealth gap. But political analysts were unimpressed by Tsang's efforts to alleviate grievances and bridge class divisions, saying he also needed to address political issues. Ma Ngok, a Chinese University professor of politics, said the view that unhappiness related only to housing and old age was simplistic. 'People are also dissatisfied ...

  8. HK$10m refit for Government House

    Posted Jul 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Colleen Lee colleen.lee@scmp.com Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will spend at least HK$9.95 million of taxpayers' money to renovate his new home, the Government House on Upper Albert ... is now working on the interior alteration and improvement proposals for Government House for the chief executive and his family having regard to the modest and conservative principles,' ...

  9. Tsang's term chimes with strong housing market

    Posted Jul 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Kong Special Administrative Region. In a speech at the inauguration of the fourth-term government, Leung pledged that new administration would address the people's concerns over housing ... said the number of sales in both markets had slowed in the past two months amid uncertainty in the market over housing policy under the Leung administration, as well as doubts about the global ...

  10. Housing crunch 'could have been averted'

    Posted Jun 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... was the administration's refusal to accept his proposals to relieve the city's housing crunch. The outgoing Central Policy Unit chief said he urged the government to take a more proactive role in increasing the housing supply and slowing the rise of property prices, but found leaders reluctant. 'We have been researching the land-and-housing issue for several years. We could have done more, years ...




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