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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

Mediation event held

The "Mediate First" Pledge Event 2021 was held online today by the Department of Justice to promote the use of mediation in Hong Kong's various sectors for dispute resolution, complementing the department's long-term policy efforts to promote and develop the wider use of mediation.   The event attracted more than 1,300 participants from different sectors of 14 jurisdictions around the globe.   Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng said the department has spared no effort in promoting mediation both locally and internationally.   The relevant work includes the Mediation Mechanism established under the Investment Agreement of the Mainland & Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement for the settlement of investment disputes; the Investment Law & Investor-State Mediator Training Course in Hong Kong co-organised with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and the Asian Academy of International Law; working closely with the Department of Justice of Guangdong Province and the Secretariat for Administration and Justice of the Macao Special Administrative Region in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area Legal Departments Joint Conference on the establishment of a GBA Mediation Platform; and the Small Claims Mediation Pilot Scheme at the West Kowloon Mediation Centre which provides mediation services to litigants of the Small Claims Tribunal cases.   Titled "Mediate First - Anchoring the Future", the "Mediate First" Pledge Event 2021 started with a webinar comprising three panel discussions.   Speakers with different areas of expertise shared their professional insights and experiences on the use of mediation in resolving disputes relating to private wealth matters, in health care disputes, and in resolving employees' compensation claims.   The webinar will be followed by the official launch of the "Mediate First" logo, and the Star Logo Award Presentation Ceremony and Signing Ceremony of the "Mediate First" Pledge. This year, a total of 34 pledgees are awarded the Star Logo for their achievements in promoting and adopting mediation in the course of their business operations.   Organisations and individuals signing the "Mediate First" Pledge agree to first explore the use of mediation to resolve disputes arising in the course of their business dealings and operations, before pursuing other dispute resolution processes or court litigation.   In the past year, 46 pledgees have signed up to support the use of mediation to resolve disputes, bringing the total of organisations and individuals signing the pledge to more than 700 since its launch in 2009.   Click here for details.
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