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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

Senior appointments announced

The Government today announced four senior appointments.   Director of Marine Agnes Wong will succeed Donald Tong as Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Housing)/Director of Housing on February 1.   Deputy Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development (Communications & Creative Industries) Carol Yuen will take up the post of Director of Marine on the same day.   Deputy Secretary for Development (Planning & Lands) Doris Ho will take up the post of Head, Policy Innovation & Co-ordination Office on January 18.   Deputy Commissioner of Rating & Valuation Kevin Siu will succeed Choi Lap-yiu, who will commence his pre-retirement leave, as Commissioner of Rating & Valuation on February 8.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said Miss Wong, Ms Yuen and Ms Ho are seasoned Administrative Officers with proven leadership and management skills.   “I have every confidence that they will serve the community with professionalism in their new capacities.”   Commenting on the appointment of Mr Siu, Mr Nip said he has proven management and leadership skills, as well as rich professional knowledge and experience in rating and valuation work.   “I am confident that he will be able to lead the Rating & Valuation Department to meet the challenges ahead."   Click here for their biographies.
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