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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

Tech voucher secretariat announced

The Innovation & Technology Commission today announced the Hong Kong Productivity Council had been commissioned to serve as the secretariat of the Technology Voucher Programme.   The commission and the council have largely completed the transition work, and programme applications will be progressively transferred to the council for processing.   The commission said that, after reviewing the operation of the Technology Voucher Programme and referring to the operational experience of other funding schemes, it had decided to commission the council to assist in the implementation of the programme, leveraging its manpower resources and abundant experience to enhance the efficiency in processing applications.   Under the Innovation & Technology Fund, the programme aims to subsidise local enterprises and organisations to use technological services and solutions to improve productivity or upgrade or transform their business processes.   Under the new arrangement, applicants can continue to submit applications through the programme’s online system.   Click here for details.   For enquiries, call 2789 7000 or send an email.
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