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Early childhood education: by the same token

Like many working-class parents, Yim Ka-yin welcomes publicly funded preschools. Her younger daughter, now in K1, gets HK$1,680 each month under the government's voucher scheme to subsidise kindergarten education.

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 9:49am

District councillors may get 20pc more in rent subsidy

The government is set to improve district councillors' remuneration packages, and this could include a HK$6,000 rise in their operating expenses subsidy to help them with their office rent.

27 May 2013 - 4:21am

Ferry subsidies to push rents up further

I am a former resident of Cheung Chau. We moved there in the early 1980s as a low-rent refuge from a bear market so severe that even some stockbrokers, as I was then, had trouble affording Mid-Levels rents.

23 May 2013 - 4:27am 7 comments

Priced out of life: the patients who chose to die

At least five patients who needed breathing equipment at home to keep them alive have opted to die in the past year to spare their families the financial burden of renting or buying the apparatus, says a group that campaigns for the rights of the disabled.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am

Patient counts the cost of just staying alive

Samuel Lo Siu-fung, who has a muscle-degenerative disease, is already using a machine to help him breathe, and tries not to think about what might happen were his condition to worsen.

13 May 2013 - 8:42am

Electricity subsidy puts our green future at risk

While the Hong Kong people celebrate another electricity subsidy as part of the budget handouts, they might not notice that the real winners are the two big power companies. This so-called "one-off" subsidy has been given out four times since 2008 and amounts to more than HK$18 billion of taxpayers' money.

5 Mar 2013 - 3:59am

Clarifying KMB's land deals

I refer to the article by Albert Cheng ("Government must stop private firms getting a free ride on public money", February 22) which contains misinformation and misunderstanding that need to be corrected.

The article wrongly states that the government has supplied plots of land at below-market rates for KMB to build staff quarters and bus depots.

26 Feb 2013 - 3:57am

Hong Kong political, charity groups urge using budget surplus on poor

Financial Secretary John Tsang had forecast a HK$3.4 billion deficit for the fiscal year, but revenue from land sales and stamp duties resulted in a HK$40 billion surplus in just the first three quarters. Political and charity groups urge Tsang to use the huge surplus to help lift the city's most vulnerable out of poverty.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am 3 comments

Clarity at last on future of the ESF

The die is cast. ESF schools are international schools. As such, government funding will be phased out. That's the gist of education chief Eddie Ng Hak-kim's letter to the Post yesterday to clarify a major gaffe he made in Legco this month.

20 Nov 2012 - 3:08am 1 comment

Introduce a voucher system to settle the ESF funding debate

The Hong Kong government's education funding policy is in a mess. It's time to tear it up and start again.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:13pm 4 comments