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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The English Schools Foundation is asking the government to subsidise more than 1,000 children expected to be enrolled next year, after education authorities insisted on phasing out its annual HK$284 million subsidy.9 Nov 2012 - 3:40am 1 comment
Plans to save Sesame Street's Big Bird from possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a puppet-based protest dubbed the "Million Muppet March".
The event is planned for November 3 at the National Mall in Washington, three days before the general election.24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am
At least 100,000 more low-income workers are poised to receive subsidies for their transport costs following a change of mind by the government, a welfare group says.
Labour and Welfare Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung now says he will accept applications to the Work Incentive Transport Subsidy Scheme based on the income and assets of individuals and households.1 Sep 2012 - 3:57am
Up to one-tenth of senior civil servants cross-leased their properties to gain as much benefit as possible from rental subsidies, a senior government officer says.
Philip Kwok Chi-tak, chairman of the Senior Government Officers' Association, yesterday explained why the perk, known as the private tenancy allowance, was the preferred option for senior civil servants.14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Thousands of elderly people living in private housing will be able to apply for a one-off payment of up to HK$12,000 to help them cope with rising prices and soaring rents.
The Community Care Fund will roll out the subsidy programme next week for those aged 65 and over who do not receive money under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance scheme.7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am