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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

Welfare rates to be adjusted

The standard payment rates under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme will be increased by 2.7% from February 1, the Government announced today.   The adjustment will also apply to the rates of the Old Age Allowance, including those payable under the Guangdong and Fujian schemes, Old Age Living Allowance and Disability Allowance.   The adjustment will incur an additional expenditure of $1.448 billion per year, benefiting 1.38 million recipients.   On the same day, the maximum rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme will also be adjusted upwards by 1.6%.   Additionally, the CSSA Scheme will be further enhanced from February 1, including enhancements to the Disregarded Earnings arrangement and extending the special grants to eligible non-elderly able-bodied recipients.   Call 2343 2255 for enquiries.
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