Lawmakers yesterday expressed anger at not being consulted before the Housing Authority decided to lower the income limit for home ownership flat applicants. Unionist legislator Lee Cheuk-yan said the 20 per cent income limit cut - from $31,000 to $25,000 - announced on Thursday was a livelihood issue and should have been discussed by legislators. Andrew Cheng Kar-foo of the Democratic Party said the move was 'especially insulting', because it came days after a motion was passed by the Legco Housing Panel calling on the authority to consult the legislature and public before deciding on the cut. Democratic Party legislator Yeung Sum said the Government had talked about improving the relationship between the executive and the legislature, but such incidents brought into question its commitment to do so. Other lawmakers, including Democrat Albert Ho Chun-yan, said Legco should consider whether to reverse the decision made by the Housing Authority and vowed that the matter would not be laid to rest easily. Legislators asked House Committee chairwoman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee to raise the matter with the Chief Secretary for Administration. The new limit will be introduced in the next phase of Home Ownership Scheme flat sales in April. The asset limit for families will also be reduced, to $600,000 from $700,000.