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Xia Baolong begins HK visit

CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong today arrived in Hong Kong for a seven-day inspection visit.   Upon his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport this morning, Mr Xia toured the Integrated Airport Centre in the company of Chief Executive John Lee, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) Chairman Jack So.   Mr Xia was updated by Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung and AAHK Chief Executive Officer Fred Lam, on the developments of the aviation industry and the latest situation of Hong Kong's development as an international aviation and cargo hub. Mr Xia also inspected the operation of autonomous vehicles at the airport.   In the afternoon, he had an engagement session with Principal Officials and Permanent Secretaries of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government led by Mr Lee.   At another engagement ses

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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