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Phase 2 mental health scheme set

Eligible organisations are invited to apply for funding support for the implementation of mental health projects under the second phase of the Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme.   Non-governmental organisations receiving recurrent subvention from the Social Welfare Department, Hong Kong Council of Social Service agency members and tertiary institutions registered under the laws of Hong Kong may submit proposals to the Advisory Committee on Mental Health by August 3 for funding support.   Priority will be accorded to projects that fall into one of the five specified service areas: support for carers, support for children and adolescents with special educational needs, strengthening of family relationship, support for the elderly with mental health needs, and support for bereavement and grief management.   The application assessment will be based on the proposal submitted, taking into account the project’s strength, impact, design and feasibility as well as the applicant org

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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