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2009-2010 Budget Consultation Forum


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Building a Caring Community
  • To increase the recurrent subvention for the Hospital Authority by $870 million a year over the next three years.
  • To earmark $840 million to strengthen medical services.
  • To provide additional recurrent funding of $37 million to residential care homes for the elderly.
  • To increase recurrent funding by $55 million to provide a total of 650 additional subsidised residential care places.
  • Revitalising Historic BuildingsTo allocate $20 million in the coming three years to expand the Capacity Building Mileage Programme so as to encourage more women to pursue continuous learning and self-development.
  • To earmark additional funding for the “Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme”.
  • To build a greener city.
  • To provide additional funding to promote sports, culture and art.
  • Neighbourhood Support Child Care ProjectTo increase tobacco duty for public health.
  • To extend the Neighbourhood Support Child Care Project to help more families.
  • To strengthen the “Neighbourhood Active Ageing Project” and to establish an Elder Academy Development Fund.
  • To set up a dedicated website for the elderly.
  • website for the elderlyTo provide $19 million to enhance the care for persons with disabilities and provide the necessary training, including the provision of 156 additional residential places, 30 additional day training or vocational rehabilitation service places and 54 additional pre-school rehabilitation service places.
  • RehabusTo provide additional funding of $7.7 million for acquisition and replacement of Rehabuses.
    building maintenance
  • To provide additional recurrent funding of $25 million to strengthen support to victims of domestic violence.
  • To introduce new legislation on mandatory building and window inspection, and implement a new minor works control system to facilitate building maintenance.
Alleviating People's Hardship
  • tax reductionTo offer a one-off tax reduction of 50% of salaries tax and tax under personal assessment for 2008-09, subject to a ceiling of $6,000. This will cost the Government $4.1 billion.
  • waive ratesTo waive rates for the first two quarters of 2009-10, subject to a ceiling of $1,500 per quarter for each rateable tenement. This will cost the Government $4.2 billion.
  • To provide a 20% rental reduction for most government properties and short term tenancies of government land for three months. This will cost the Government $83 million.
  • To extend the freeze on government fees and charges related to people's livelihood till 31 March 2010.
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