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Spending details on trips, cars and meals wanted

Beijing has stepped up its push for transparent government spending, requiring central to local government agencies to publicly disclose spending on foreign trips, official cars and often lavish lunches and dinners.

Thursday, 5 May, 2011, 12:00am

Financial secretary cannot solve all social issues with one budget

In the face of the recent public fury over his budget proposals, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah eventually made dramatic changes to them, agreeing to make an unprecedented cash handout of HK$6,000 to all permanent residents aged 18 or above.

In addition, all taxpayers will get a tax rebate of up to 75 per cent, capped at HK$6,000.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

A vote that is about far more than just a rail line

Passions are at fever pitch over today's vote by legislators on the high-speed rail line connecting Hong Kong to the national network at Guangzhou.

8 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Businessman makes it his mission to break culture of secrecy over annual budgets

Sichuan businessman Wu Juliang, 48, started gaining a national profile three years ago when he called on authorities to make detailed annual budgets public, information that used to be considered a state secret on the mainland. Mr Wu said the call raised public awareness about civil rights and helped foster more transparent government.

15 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Group makes its protests a work of art

Eye-catching methods highlight key issues

They have appeared as loan sharks, characters from a deck of playing cards, and 'nude' protesters.

21 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Financing for cultural hub queried

Lawmakers have demanded that the government disclose information on how revenue from retail, dining and entertainment will cover operation costs at the West Kowloon Cultural District.

27 May 2008 - 12:00am

Big spenders

The government has spent more than HK$240 million of taxpayers' money on consultancy studies. Is this value for money, given that many of the studies will not be released to the public? Write to us.

10 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Job well done

With a budget that benefits every sector of the population, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has lived up to the expectations of 'returning wealth to the people'. Apparently, his aim was not to win a quick round of applause: while his maiden budget is generous, it did not infringe on Hong Kong's time-honoured principle of managing public finances prudently.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Dividing the spoils

Everybody is waiting for Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah to announce, in his maiden budget speech tomorrow, how he will dispose of a record fiscal surplus. There seems to be no question that the government will return some of this wealth to the people by spending a substantial part of the windfall surplus on concessions, rebates and relief.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Funds row has raised our profile, technical institute chief says

It's tough to find a silver lining in the cloud of criticism surrounding the Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (Astri), but its chairman thinks there just might be one.

Although it was established seven years ago, the public knew little of the institute until the release in April of a damning audit report, Allan Wong Chi-yun said.

20 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Ruling lifts $10b budget cloud

Yesterday's ruling has lifted a $10 billion cloud hanging over the government's finances.

The decision will allow Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to push ahead with cuts in direct taxation.

14 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Parental tax-break rules may be eased

Rules that allow taxpayers to claim allowances for their parents may be broadened, the financial secretary said yesterday.

Taxpayers now are eligible for a $30,000 allowance for each parent over 60 who lives with them.

But Henry Tang Ying-yen said he would consider whether there was scope to allow taxpayers to claim the allowance if their parents were under 60.

14 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

OTHER MATTERS

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department should review whether to close down or privatise some of the 82 public markets, housing 15,075 stalls, as the stall vacancy rate has exceeded the stated maximum, the Director of Audit says.

27 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Taxpayers left with a $500m puzzle on consultancy services

The Frontier questions value of studies and the secrecy accompanying them

How Hong Kong people eat, how much they gamble and what kinds of marine life they might encounter on the seabed are among more than 300 government-commissioned studies costing taxpayers almost $500 million since 2001.

14 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

SEND STRONG MESSAGE TO LITTER LOUTS

I could not believe what I saw on the television news. Government officials had decided to use plastic to cover up trees and sculptures before the New Year's Eve celebrations in Hong Kong.

4 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

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