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Social security recipients to get one-off additional payment

     A one-off additional payment will be made to recipients of the Old Age Allowance (OAA) (including those payable under the Guangdong (GD) Scheme), Old Age Living Allowance (OALA) and Disability Allowance (DA) under the Social Security Allowance (SSA) Scheme, as well as recipients of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA), this Friday (August 8).

      The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, said today (August 4), "The move is part of a package of one-off relief measures announced by the Financial Secretary in his Budget Speech on February 26. The Finance Committee (FC) of the Legislative Council subsequently approved the allocation of $2.674 billion on July 12 for implementing the measures, following which SWD colleagues immediately swung into action on the necessary preparation work, including updating the computer program. Thanks to their hard work after the FC approval on July 12, the additional payment can now be credited to the bank accounts of some 1.2 million beneficiaries this Friday."

     Recipients of OAA (including those payable under the GD Scheme), OALA and DA will receive an additional one month's allowance. As for CSSA recipients, the amount of the one-off additional payment is equivalent to one month's standard rate payable to different categories of recipients (such as elderly persons, children or able-bodied adults) under the CSSA Scheme.

    The money will be paid through the existing CSSA or SSA payment method, i.e. through bank payment credited to the designated bank accounts of the recipients. Thus no additional application is required.

     For enquiries, recipients can call the SWD hotline on 2343 2255 or contact their respective Social Security Field Units.

Ends/Monday, August 4, 2014
Issued at HKT 15:31


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