At least 13,000 jobs could be created if the government implements 16 additional budget initiatives proposed by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, party members said. Seven DAB lawmakers submitted the proposals, which would cost HK$14 billion, during a meeting yesterday with Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah. The proposed measures included spending HK$1 billion promoting green living and community care. The DAB estimated this would create about 10,000 jobs, such as green-tour guides, hospital assistants and home helpers. Other proposals included extending a special grant, introduced in 2000-01 and set to end this summer, to enable schools to hire temporary staff to relieve the workloads of teachers. The party believed this measure would generate 3,000 jobs. The party also suggested that rates be waived for two quarters and public housing rents for one month. It said social security recipients should be paid an extra month's allowance and that an additional HK$100 million be injected into food banks. Students and those who failed to benefit from any of the previous budget initiatives or handouts should each receive a HK$2,000 one-off payment, the party suggested. DAB lawmaker Starry Lee Wai-king said Mr Tsang's response was positive, but she cautioned that care should be taken when deciding whether, and the extent to which, these measures should be implemented. '[Mr Tsang] said that the market signals were mixed: unemployment rates were rising, but the rate of increase had eased, on the other hand, export trade remained weak,' Ms Lee said. 'We hope the government could at least take on board the measures that can create jobs.' The 2009-10 budget was passed early on Thursday morning with a record number of 22 'no' votes - all from the pan-democratic camp. Mr Tsang has promised to review the budget in the middle of the year. Earlier, the government turned down a HK$20 billion job-creation package proposed by the pan-democrats. Democratic Party vice-chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing said a meeting with Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was being arranged to follow up on the package.