Supporting Disadvantaged Groups
I now turn to my second area, that is, providing support for disadvantaged groups. The Policy Address states that the Government should strengthen the family by formulating social policy and providing welfare services. I will propose suitable measures in this Budget to help build a harmonious, family-based society.
We will support the further development of social enterprises through Budget initiatives and relevant financial policies, creating more job opportunities and promoting a caring culture in
the community. For instance, we have launched a pilot scheme whereby qualified social enterprises are given priority to bid for
38 Government cleansing contracts. The Home Affairs Department is now formulating a social enterprise partnership scheme to support operators of social enterprises, enhance the competitiveness of
such enterprises, and promote the partnership between non-government
organisations, the business community and government departments.