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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

Anti-virus operations held

Joint operations with several government departments were mounted this weekend at bar areas and places where foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) usually gather to carry out publicity work to combat COVD-19, the Government said today.   The operations were taken amid concerns over recent local COVID-19 cases involving mutant strains.   Apart from arranging contractors to strengthen cleaning services at FDH gathering spots, the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department also stepped up patrols to combat unlicensed hawking activities at these locations.   During the operations, FDHs were reminded to comply with the regulations on mask-wearing and prohibition of group gatherings in public places.    The department also visited bar areas in Prince Edward, Soho and Wan Chai with Police to carry out publicity and educational work.   The two departments also conducted publicity work on the vaccine bubble to help bar operators adapt to the new measures.
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