A middle-class advocacy group yesterday called for tax cuts, more education allowances and property interest relief in Wednesday's budget. The appeal came after a survey showed the sandwich class was most concerned about education, medical reform and tax cuts. The Middle Class Force-commissioned survey of 517 people, carried out by the University of Hong Kong's Public Opinion Poll, showed more than 50 per cent of respondents were happier under Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's administration. But chairman Andrew Fung Wai-kwong said this 'honeymoon period' would only continue if Mr Tsang and Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen heeded the concerns of the middle class. 'We hope the salaries tax rate can revert to pre-2003 levels, that we can get an education allowance for our children of $40,000 and that property interest relief can be provided for a much longer term,' Mr Fung said. Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun said the middle class should be helped by cutting the salaries tax to its level of two years ago and ending the seven-year limit on tax deductions on home-loan interest. 'The so-called middle class pay 80 per cent of the salaries tax collected by government,' he said on RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong. 'This is not an act of charity or wanton generosity. It is an act of fairness and shrewd financial management.' Tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun, speaking after a spring reception, supported calls by grass-roots groups for Mr Tang to increase welfare spending to help the needy.