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Phase 2 mental health scheme set

Eligible organisations are invited to apply for funding support for the implementation of mental health projects under the second phase of the Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme.   Non-governmental organisations receiving recurrent subvention from the Social Welfare Department, Hong Kong Council of Social Service agency members and tertiary institutions registered under the laws of Hong Kong may submit proposals to the Advisory Committee on Mental Health by August 3 for funding support.   Priority will be accorded to projects that fall into one of the five specified service areas: support for carers, support for children and adolescents with special educational needs, strengthening of family relationship, support for the elderly with mental health needs, and support for bereavement and grief management.   The application assessment will be based on the proposal submitted, taking into account the project’s strength, impact, design and feasibility as well as the applicant org

Extra allowance disbursement starts

The Government today announced that recipients of social security payments and Working Family Allowance (WFA) will receive a one-off extra allowance from today.   As proposed in the 2022-23 Budget, the one-off extra allowance is equal to a half-month of the standard rate of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance payments, Old Age Allowance, Old Age Living Allowance or Disability Allowance.   Recipients who were eligible for social security payments on May 4 and those whose approved WFA applications were made between November 1, 2021 and May 4 will be eligible for the one-off extra allowance.   It is estimated that about 1.48 million social security recipients and 72,000 WFA households will benefit from the arrangements, involving a total of over $2.5 billion.   The payment will be credited to the designated Hong Kong bank accounts of the eligible households and recipients and no separate application is necessary.   Recipients of social security payments may call 2343 2255 or contact the respective Social Security Field Unit for enquiries.   As for enquiries on the WFA Scheme, call 2558 3000 or visit its website.
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