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Lord Wei

It was a pity that a recent forum in Hong Kong on social reform went largely unreported. The "star" of the show was Lord Wei, the youngest, and only British-born Chinese, member of Britain's House of Lords. He advised Prime Minister David Cameron on his "Big Society" project to tackle social problems, and attracted controversy when he accused some charities of competing too much with each other and being out of touch with the public and donors.

Friday, 19 April, 2013, 2:48am

Whimsical, illustrious, eccentric, creative - cabaret captures Britain

To the celebrated Hollywood serial blockbusters Analyse This and Analyze That, we must now add Danny Boyle's epic Isles of Wonder, which should have been subtitled Translate The 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, If You Can.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Britain's impressive trade figures show it is anything but isolationist

This week, Britain has welcomed athletes and heads of state from around the world for the Olympic Games.

It is also celebrating the first British win in the Tour de France. And we have just learned that for the first time since the 1970s, the country's exports to the rest of world now outstrip those to the European Union.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Elderly march to demand financial support

About 100 elderly people took to the streets yesterday calling on the government to speed up the introduction of a special old-age allowance.

Braving the withering heat, the group marched to the Chief Executive's Office in Admiralty and flew paper planes, mocking Leung Chun-ying's delay in delivering his campaign promise of more so-called 'fruit money' for hard-up old people.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Allowance abuse a familiar story

The accusation against Secretary for Development Mak Chai-kwong of abusing the civil-service rental allowance in the 1980s is not an isolated case. In the past 12 years, four people have been convicted in three cases.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Housing subsidy for N-nothings

Up to 12,000 residents who slip through the city's safety net of welfare and relief measures will get a one-off housing subsidy in a HK$60 million giveaway from the Community Care Fund, Chief Secretary Stephen Lam Siu-lung said.

The proposal prompted a call from one lawmaker to turn the scheme into regular welfare for the grass roots.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Give more public flats to singles, panel told

More public housing should be provided for tens of thousands of middle-aged single people on low incomes, according to housing advisers.

They are concerned that 35,000 people waiting for public rental flats, who are aged between 30 and 60, normally face delays of years before they can be housed.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Union wants allowance residency rule scrapped

8 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

3 challenge old age allowance rule

29 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Government officials were overpaid HK$1.73m in housing allowances

Two officials at the Leisure and Cultural Services Department have been overpaid by a total of HK$1.73 million worth of housing allowance, according to recently published government accounts.

This accounts for more than 97 per cent of the cash losses attributable to civil servants due to embezzlement, theft or negligence in the last financial year.

21 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Dye's fall no reason to be looking for a scapegoat

Shane Dye's fall from Ambitious Marju on Sunday has attracted attention from around the world as the former New Zealand and Australian champion has seemingly won yet another battle against the odds, this time for his life.

Dye became the focal point of the eighth fall of the season and as far as stipendiary stewards are concerned that is eight too many.

28 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Disabled man receives $170,000 in extra payments after mix-up

A disabled man received about $170,000 in extra welfare money over the past 12 years because of a 30-year-old mix-up, the Social Welfare Department said yesterday.

Officers found out during routine checks at the end of last year that the man, who had lived in a hospital for years, had been recognised as two different people in the department's system.

27 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

From tenants to landlords

Public housing is a universal problem. What is so amazing about the way it manifests itself in Hong Kong is that its scale has not shrunk in line with the city's growing affluence.

We still have a public housing programme that accommodates about a third of the population. The Housing Authority is landlord to about 2 million people in 650,000 rental flats.

25 May 2006 - 12:00am

Jobseekers shun travel cash offer

Scheme to encourage work away from home districts attracts just 5 applicants

A plan by the financial secretary to encourage the unemployed to travel out of their home districts for work was poorly received in the first two weeks after its launch.

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Pay-per-view rent scheme under fire

A proposal to charge higher-than-normal rents to public housing tenants living on upper floors or in flats with views has been criticised as discriminatory.

Members of the Legislative Council's housing panel also accused the Housing Authority of using the review as an excuse to increase rents for the 600,000 families in public housing.

18 Mar 2006 - 12:00am