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DoJ rejects malicious attacks

The Department of Justice (DoJ) today said it will not tolerate malicious attacks on its decision, which was made in accordance with the law.   In a statement setting out the general principles in handling prosecutions, the DoJ reminded the public to refrain from commenting on any case in which the legal proceedings are still ongoing.   The statement said in respect of an application for review of admission to bail lodged by the DoJ on March 4, it should be noted that the case in question involves application for bail under Article 42(2) of the National Security Law.   The Court of Final Appeal delivered a judgment on February 9 on how to apply the granting of bail to a person charged with an offence under the National Security Law.   According to the Criminal Procedure Ordinance, the Secretary for Justice may apply to a judge to review the decision of admission to bail by a magistrate. The ordinance provides that a person may also apply to a judge to be admitted to bail if the

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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