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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

Testing for selected groups continues

The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department today announced that free COVID-19 testing services for targeted groups will continue, with the online registration deadline for testing extended to February 21.   Voluntary testing will be arranged for high-exposure groups such as frontline staff of catering businesses, staff and personnel working in markets as well as licensed hawkers and practitioners of cold stores.   The department also appealed to the groups concerned to maintain personal and environmental hygiene to ensure cleanliness and food safety.   Call 3008 8319 for enquiries.
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