Early childhood education: by the same token

Students arrive at York English Primary and Kindergarten. Photo: Edward Wong

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

Lawmaker Ip Kwok-him

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

Adding three floors to the top of the existing outlying islands ferry piers is not likely help to make it a worthwhile and affordable experience for people to reside on Cheung Chau. Photo: Felix Wong

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

Raymond Lau Wai-ming. Photo: Nora Tam

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 and his family's domestic helper Nanik. Photo: May Tse

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

CLP Power

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

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

About 200 members of the Society for Community Organisation marched from Southorn Playground in Wan Chai to the government's offices in Admiralty yesterday, joining others urging the government to use its estimated HK$60 billion budget surplus tohelp the poor. Photo: Nora Tam

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

Eddie Ng Hak-kim

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

No grants for ESF schools, says Eddie Ng.

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

28 Apr 2015 - 5:45pm 4 comments

English Schools Foundation seeks subsidies for 1,000 new pupils

Carlson Tong Ka-shing, Chairman of English Schools Foundation

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

'Million Muppet March' next month to save Big Bird, PBS subsidy

Romney had pledged earlier this month to end the US federal government's subsidy for the PBS despite his professed love for Big Bird. Photo: AP

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

More poor people to get transport subsidies with policy change

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

10pc of civil servants 'may have cross-leased'

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

Elderly in line for a HK$12,000 handout

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