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DC reform meetings held

The Government held exchange meetings on the theme of improving the district governance system and reforming the District Councils (DCs) at the Central Government Offices today.   Over 80 Hong Kong Special Administrative Region deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) and Hong Kong SAR members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) were there to exchange views on improving the district governance system and supporting the District Council election.   Chief Executive John Lee noted that it is the first major citywide election after improving the district governance system and reforming the DCs, and is of particular significance.   He said it also marks the final mile for the full implementation of the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong” in the district governance structure.   The Chief Executive also noted that the election is of great significance to the good governance and the long-term st

Rents for new public housing units set

The Housing Authority today announced that rents for 3,943 flats in five new non-standard blocks of two new public rental housing estates and two existing ones will be set at the best rent level in their respective districts.   The best monthly rent in the urban district, at $94.9 per sq m, will apply to 924 flats in Nga Tin House of Pak Tin Estate.   Tsing Yi District's best monthly rent of $91.8 per sq m will apply to 1,463 flats in Ching Ho House and Ching Lan House of Cheung Ching Estate.   Meanwhile, the best monthly rent in Tuen Mun District, at $63.1 per sq m, will apply to 684 flats in Yip Wo House of Yip Wong Estate and 872 flats in Hin Fat House of Hin Fat Estate.   Under this rent-fixing exercise, rents for over 78% of the flats are below $2,500 per month.   The authority said the rents are heavily subsidised and are inclusive of rates, management fees and maintenance costs.   Those who are allocated new flats but cannot afford the rents may request refurbished flats at lower rents or apply for assistance under the Rent Assistance Scheme, it added.

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