The five 'super-lawmakers' to be elected next year are unlikely to get extra resources for more staff and district offices, some lawmakers say. While the Legislative Council proposed an increase in allowances for all lawmakers, which would cost taxpayers HK$38 million more a year from October, some members doubted the five super-lawmakers would get more than the others. Under the reform package passed by Legco last June, five lawmakers representing the district council constituencies will be returned by a single constituency covering 3.2 million voters across Hong Kong in 2012. Concerns have been raised that they may need more staff and district offices to reach out to their voters. Last week, the Legislative Council Secretariat proposed an increase in the allowance to all 60 lawmakers to hire staff, buy office equipment and conduct research. The proposal would add HK$38 million a year to the present bill of HK$99 million. The annual allowance for each lawmaker - calculated on the assumption they hire seven full-time staff and pay an end-of-service gratuity, would rise from HK$1.65 million at present to about HK$2.3 million. A separate proposal also suggested an HK$11,145 rise in the monthly allowance for conducting research, which would cost about HK$8 million a year for all 60 legislators. The allowance bill will rise for certain by HK$24.3 million in total next year because of the increase in Legco seats from 60 to 70. Legco secretary general Pauline Ng Man-wah said the proposals were aimed at helping lawmakers retain experienced staff by offering higher salaries. The increase in funding for research and office equipment was to keep pace with inflation and the demands of a growing population. She was hopeful the proposal would be approved by the Finance Committee by July and be implemented for the legislative year that starts in October. Most lawmakers welcomed the proposed increase. But some raised concerns that the super-lawmakers might lack resources because they had to serve voters across five geographical constituencies. The proposals did not make any suggestion on providing extra resources to the super-lawmakers, Ng said, because the political reform had not been passed at the time the proposals were drafted. Civic Party lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah said the super-lawmakers would face difficulties in serving all constituencies. 'Even with the proposed increase in allowances, directly elected lawmakers will still see a shortfall in resources when setting up district offices in their own constituencies,' Tong said. 'Super-lawmakers will inevitably face a bigger problem.' Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan raised a similar concern but said his party was not planning to propose an amendment during discussion at a Legco subcommittee meeting today. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong's Ip Kwok-him saw no need for extra funds for the super-lawmakers.