Children and parents held a demonstration on Thursday to call on the government to provide more financial help for poor families. Photo: RTHK
Dozens of children and parents from poor families marched to Government House in Central on Thursday, urging the administration to tackle inter-generational poverty.
They called on the government to do more to address problems including expensive education costs and poor living conditions.
Sze Lai-shan, from the Society for Community Organisation which organised the protest, said the Financial Secretary Paul Chan should offer relief measures to help poor families in his budget next week.
“They have a huge surplus so we think the government should spend more on the underprivileged children. They should spend more money to build public housing and provide more interim social housing. And they can give them subsidies for their living and their rent,” Sze said.
She also said the government should offer vouchers for tutorial classes and extra-curricular activities as well helping parents pay for school books and uniforms.