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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

Govt warns of unlawful assemblies

The Security Bureau today said the public meetings and procession to be held on May 29 and June 4 are unauthorised assemblies and anyone advertising, publicising or taking part in such acts may violate the law.   In a statement, the bureau noted that Police have prohibited and objected to a public meeting and procession to be held on May 30 and a public meeting to be held on June 4. The decisions were confirmed by the Appeal Board on Public Meetings & Processions following a hearing.   According to the Public Order Ordinance, anyone who takes part in an unauthorised assembly is liable to a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment while those taking part in advertising or publicising an unauthorised assembly are liable to a maximum penalty of 12 months’ imprisonment.   Additionally, taking part in such events may be in breach of relevant offences under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation.   The bureau also noted that the court's recent judgments in two cases relating to unauthorised assemblies in 2019 indicate that taking part in an unauthorised assembly, whether or not it involves violence, is in violation of the law. The people concerned were eventually sentenced to imprisonment of varying terms.   It reminds the public that they should not advertise, publicise or take part in any unauthorised assembly.   Anyone who attempts to challenge the law, including the Prohibition on Group Gathering, Public Order Ordinance and the National Security Law, will be seriously dealt with by Police in accordance with the law, the bureau added.
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