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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

More relief measures for the needy

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government has proposed to lower the working hour requirement of the Working Family Allowance from 144 hours to 72 hours and ease the eligibility requirements for the short-term food assistance programme to further help the needy.   Meeting the media this afternoon, Secretary for Labour & Welfare Dr Law Chi-kwong explained the rationale behind lowering the threshold for the Working Family Allowance.   “The major purpose of this is to address the concern during these days when a lot of people cannot work full-time and have to take no pay leave.   “Under these circumstances, a lot of families or individuals because of this situation, apart from a reduction in income, they may have lost the eligibility to apply for the Working Family Allowance and therefore, we consider it is timely to propose a lowering of that basic Working Family Allowance working hour requirement to 72 hours.”   Dr Law noted that with a higher asset level, the food bank programme will benefit more families faced with unemployment or underemployment.   “Again, many individuals who have lost their income would hope to have some kind of short-term relief for their food costs. But that is partly because their own asset level may have exceeded the current eligibility standard and therefore, they are not able to receive such a temporary assistance.   “And so we propose to increase the asset limit for the eligibility of the food bank programme, basically it is more than double for different cases. The whole idea really hopes that this food bank programme can provide temporary relief for those families who may be affected by unemployment or underemployment.”   The Government will brief legislators about the two initiatives on Monday.   It will submit a funding proposal to the Legislative Council Finance Committee as soon as possible so that the initiatives can be implemented in June, Dr Law added.
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