Families from middle and low income groups will find it increasingly difficult to find affordable housing because they are being neglected by the Housing Authority, a social welfare group has claimed. The housing body's policies over the past year - including the plan to build more Home Ownership Scheme flats and sell public housing flats, and rental increases - would force lower income groups out of the market and destabilise society, the People's Council on Public Housing Policy said. 'The policies force people to buy expensive housing because the construction of new public housing flats has dropped over the past few years leading to a lack of supply and increased speculation in the private sector,' said Leung Bing-wah, the group's secretary. Not holding out much hope for the future, the council predicted that after the handover the new government would only make cosmetic concessions without any substantial changes to the present policy. There would be concessions like lower rents in public housing flats or lower-priced Housing Ownership Scheme flats at projects like Tung Chung New Town to attract buyers, but the policy would not address the housing needs of lower income groups, the council said. It hopes to meet Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa to discuss the protection of the right to housing and to push for a promise for the construction of 50,000 new public rental housing flats each year.