The transitional Budget is expected to be passed by the Legislative Council next week despite a freeze in allowances for the elderly. Only the Democratic Party, unionists Lee Cheuk-yan and Leung Yiu-chung and The Frontier's Emily Lau Wai-hing threaten to veto the Budget over the Government's refusal to improve state pensions. But most members indicated they would be voting for the Budget. Lee Wing-tat of the Democratic Party believed the Government would not be persuaded to raise the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance for single elderly by $300 per month. 'Even if we voted against the Budget, Mr Tsang would still have 33 provisional legislators' support. Frankly it is difficult for us to press the Government to increase the payment,' Mr Lee said. He claimed many members disapproved of the Budget but would vote for it to avoid incurring China's wrath. 'This Budget is a very special one because China has taken part in it. This is also the main reason why people dare not amend or vote against it,' he said. Ms Lau said many people had told her they were angry over the Government's refusal to increase the allowance for the elderly. 'If the Financial Secretary declines to provide the money, I'll definitely vote against the Budget,' she said. The pressure from legislators to increase the allowance was almost unanimous during the two-day debate. Cheung Hon-chung of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong believed legislators should continue to fight for an increase in the payment after the handover. But he argued against voting down the Budget. 'Though it is quite conservative, we should take Hong Kong's smooth transition as the most important consideration. I think the Budget is consistent with the principle of limited spending within the revenue,' he said. Henry Tang Ying-yen of the Liberal Party praised the Budget as fair and well prepared. 'This Budget has balanced the interests of people from all walks of life. 'Those who criticise the Budget and our Financial Secretary would be in the same position if they had to draft this Budget,' Mr Tang said.