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Civil Aid Service holds parade

The Civil Aid Service (CAS) held the Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and CAS 70th Anniversary Parade today at the Police College.   Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki officiated at the ceremony and acted as the reviewing officer for the parade.   To demonstrate national identity and patriotic sentiment for the motherland, the CAS has fully adopted from today, the Chinese-style foot drill that requires exacting standards, and demonstrated the drill's protocols for the first time in the parade.   As an auxiliary force under the Security Bureau, the CAS has been honouring the pledge of "provide emergency relief, serve the community" and has been rendering immediate assistance during emergencies to protect Hong Kong citizens.   During the COVID-19 epidemic, the CAS has remained steadfast on the front line of the anti-epidemic operations by rapidly assisting in setting up a number of community isolation faci

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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