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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

No virus case in restricted area

The Government today completed the compulsory testing and enforcement operation in the Tin Shui Wai restricted area with no confirmed COVID-19 cases found.   It made a restriction-testing declaration at 8pm yesterday, requiring people in Shing Yu House, Block P, Tin Shing Court to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. About 850 residents were tested.   In the subsequent enforcement operation, more than 330 people were checked and no one was found to have breached the compulsory testing requirement.   Government staff also visited about 320 households, of which 20 did not answer the door. They should contact the Government as soon as possible to arrange testing.   People who stayed in the building for more than two hours from May 15 to June 4 must get testing by June 6 even if they were not at the building when the declaration took effect.
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