Housing Benefit

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.

Monday, 21 December, 2009, 12:00am

Housing rent bill heads to Legco

Lawmakers are assured that they will have a say on the contentious amendment

A bill to amend the Housing Ordinance to eliminate the controversial clause that caps public housing rent will be ready for Legislative Council scrutiny early next year, a housing official said yesterday.

7 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

More talks urged on public housing rents

The Civic Party has urged the government to extend its consultation period on public housing rents to allow more discussion on its proposed rent-adjustment system.

Party legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit said the public had focused on differential rents, while there should have been more discussions on the proposed rent-adjustment mechanism.

9 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

An Insight article on Page A15 on Monday, June 5, 'Why it pays to end the rents deadlock', incorrectly explained the median rent-to-income ratio. The cap on public housing rents makes it compulsory for any rent adjustment to ensure the median rent-to-income ratio of the population of public tenants does not exceed 10 per cent.

7 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Singled out for discrimination

Only six years ago, many young couples in Hong Kong had to get married before they could buy a subsidised flat or obtain a government housing loan.

The rules to exclude singles from housing benefits were changed after the Equal Opportunities Commission found that they were discriminatory.

25 May 2005 - 12:00am

Subsidised rents better than underfunded flats

More than three months after a court judgment threw the government's public housing policy into disarray, a long-term solution to the question of just how much tenants should pay remains elusive. The latest proposals floated by the Housing Department include linking rents to the consumer price index or refining the existing system, which bases levels on the median income of tenants.

22 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Rent frozen

The rent for 12,500 public flats in So Uk, Sai Wan, Wah Fu and North Point will be frozen until December 2002, the Housing Authority said. More than 70 per cent of the authority's tenants are now paying less than $1,500 a month.

10 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Top dons demand housing allowance

College heads are demanding taxpayers sponsor their housing under a policy now only enjoyed by their staff.

Their request is expected to draw criticism.

8 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Shop rents slashed after review

COMMERCIAL property rents have been slashed by up to 80 per cent under the Housing Authority's re-assessment scheme.

The authority revealed yesterday that since the review began in June, about 2,000 commercial tenants had won rent cuts.

The Housing Department said that of the cases reviewed so far, 397 tenants had received rent reductions of 30 per cent or more.

16 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

$49.5m rent lost in college vacancies

A four per cent vacancy rate at the quarters of eight colleges resulted in more than $49.5 million rent being lost in the three years until May, the Director of Audit said in his annual report yesterday.

20 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Staff quarters stay in limbo

The fate of one-third of hospital staff quarters which have been left idle for years remains in limbo, despite a five-month inquiry by a government taskforce.

The inquiry was prompted after the Director of Audit's report in April which criticised the Hospital Authority for leaving many quarters empty.

11 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Demand to give housing perks to college staff

Junior staff in government-funded tertiary institutes should receive housing benefits, it has been proposed.

The University Grants Committee says they should have their mortgages subsidised as their counterparts in aided schools and subvented welfare and health organisations do.

18 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Scrapping of double benefits confirmed for medical staff

The Government is to scrap the controversial double housing benefits for senior Hospital Authority staff - but only for new recruits.

The move comes after extra costs of $6.7 billion for the 3,150 senior staff, compared with the civil service over a 20-year period, were highlighted by the Director of Audit.

6 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Rent subsidy

A TAX-EXEMPT office rental allowance is expected to be introduced to help district board members set up ward offices in their constituencies.

15 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Benefits cut ruling to spark perks row

A RULING that Hospital Authority staff should be stripped of lucrative double housing benefits is set to trigger fresh controversy over pay and conditions in publicly-funded organisations.

20 Jan 1996 - 12:00am