Financial Secretary Paul Chan (right) appearing on a radio phone-in programme about the budget. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong finance chief Paul Chan defends budget amid criticism that it does too little to address health care and housing

  • Salary tax deductions for rent had been ‘seriously considered’ but could backfire, financial secretary says a day after unveiling blueprint
  • He also points to extra health care measures such as HK$700 million in additional recurrent funding for Hospital Authority
Topic |   Hong Kong Budget 2019-2020

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Financial Secretary Paul Chan (right) appearing on a radio phone-in programme about the budget. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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Anna, a 46-year-old patient care assistant in Pok Oi Hospital, sometimes has to work 11 hours a day to handle the extra workload during flu season. Photo: Handout

Budget sweeteners for underprivileged and health care workers, and help for small businesses – but not everyone is happy

  • Paul Chan wanted to address people’s needs and the ‘pain points’ in society but the various measures announced in his budget have failed to please everyone
Topic |   Hong Kong Budget 2019-2020

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Anna, a 46-year-old patient care assistant in Pok Oi Hospital, sometimes has to work 11 hours a day to handle the extra workload during flu season. Photo: Handout
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