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Cash allowance scheme set

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government will launch a three-year Cash Allowance Trial Scheme in late June to alleviate the livelihood difficulties faced by grassroots families who have been waiting for public rental housing for a long time.   At a press conference this afternoon, Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Housing)/Director of Housing Agnes Wong said the cash allowance is not a rent subsidy and the recipients are not required to use it to pay for rent.   “This is purely to relieve their financial pressure while waiting for public rental housing.      “We aim to send out around 90,000 application forms to the eligible applicants by the end of this month. We urge them to complete the form and return it to us as soon as possible.”   The cash allowance amount is determined by the number of people in a public rental housing application who meet all eligibility criteria.   Along with other criteria

DoJ rejects unfounded allegations

The Department of Justice (DoJ) said any unfair and unfounded allegation made to undermine and discredit Hong Kong’s independent criminal justice system will be vehemently refuted.   It made the statement today in response to media enquiries.   In the statement, the DoJ said it had instructed David Perry to prosecute a trial involving offences of organising and knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly under the Public Order Ordinance.   Mr Perry accepted the instruction and his ad hoc admission to the Hong Kong Bar was granted by the High Court’s Chief Judge on January 12.   Since then, there have been growing pressure and criticism from the UK community directed at Mr Perry for his involvement in this case, the statement said. Some of the ill-informed criticism conflated the matter with the National Security Law.   Mr Perry expressed concerns about such pressures and the exemption of quarantine, and indicated that the trial should proceed without him.   In light of the public interest involved and the imminent trial date, the DoJ has instructed another counsel to prosecute the trial as scheduled.   It stressed that as legal proceedings are ongoing, it is inappropriate for anyone to comment on the case as it is a matter of sub judice.   No one should embark upon baseless speculations, it added.
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