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By Leo F. Goodstadt

Hong Kong is without doubt one of the richest towns on this planet. but during the last 15 years, dwelling stipulations for the typical relatives have deteriorated regardless of a powerful financial system, abundant finances surpluses, and checklist labour productiveness. Successive governments were reluctant to take a position in prone for the aged, the disabled, the long term in poor health, and the negative, whereas schooling has develop into extra elitist. The political process has helped to entrench a fallacious consensus that social spending is a chance to monetary balance and financial prosperity. during this trenchant assault on govt mismanagement, Leo Goodstadt strains how officers have created a ‘new poverty’ in Hong Kong and argues that their erroneous guidelines are either a legacy of the colonial period and a planned selection via glossy governments, and never the results of fiscal crises. This provocative booklet should be crucial examining for an individual wishing to appreciate why poverty back to Hong Kong during this century. The booklet has been completely revised and up to date for this new, paperback version.

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Once again, he has been the best kind of editor: patient, pleasant and with all the academic expertise that a book on Hong Kong public affairs needs most. Acknowledgments In the course of writing this book, I was fortunate enough to be selected for a substantial award from the WYNG Foundation Ltd, for which I am most grateful. The Trustees and their team have been a constant source of encouragement and support throughout the last two years, which I found invaluable. I deeply appreciate the commitment which the Foundation has shown to the needy and the vulnerable of Hong Kong.

Long-term prospects for a child with autism are enhanced through intensive pre-schooling treatment starting as early as possible. The average waiting time for admission to such programmes increased by 50 per cent between 2008 and 2012. What chance had a family of being able to fill the gap through its own caring efforts when the average standard of living in Hong Kong required both parents to work? – A mother later in life may have a child with Down’s syndrome who has limited intellectual ability and cannot live completely independently.

81 Nevertheless, the third Chief Executive continued to plead the merits of food programmes advocated by his predecessor, Donald Tsang. At Lunar New Year in 2014, when ‘people in Hong Kong buy festive food and goods, and enjoy a hearty reunion dinner with their families’, Leung pointed out, many would not be so fortunate. 82 Haunted by History This book will show how costly is the legacy of past policies that chose to restrict social expenditure in the erroneous belief that spending on welfare would automatically mean lower business profits and slower economic growth.

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