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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

Testing compliance check ends

The Government today said a joint enforcement operation on a compulsory testing notice for eight buildings in To Kwa Wan has been completed.   Sixty-five people were found to have violated the notice.   The notice covered On Ping Building, On Wo Yuen (Phase II) at 39 Mei King Street, On Hong Building, On Wo Yuen (Phase II) at 55 Mei King Street, and buildings located at 9 and 11, 13 and 15, 17 and 19, 21 and 23, 25 and 27, and 29 and 31 Mei King Street.   The enforcement action was conducted this morning by the Kowloon City District Office, together with Police, the Centre for Health Protection and the Auxiliary Medical Service.   About 790 residents’ test records were checked during the operation that ended by 11.10am.   The Government thanked residents who complied with the testing notice. Those who violated the notice were issued fixed penalties of $5,000 or compulsory testing orders, or both.   Noting that the enforcement process may cause inconvenience to residents, the Government appealed for their understanding as the operation was conducted to stop the spread of COVID-19.
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