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British Society

Harness the power of collective social action for Hong Kong

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