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Government initiative to provide one-off extra payment to recipients of Low-income Working Family Allowance
     The Government has included in the 2017-18 Budget an initiative that eligible recipients of the Low-income Working Family Allowance (LIFA) be provided with a one-off extra payment. Subject to the passage of the Appropriation Bill 2017, the Working Family Allowance Office (WFAO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency will make necessary adjustments to the computer system to arrange for the payment to be made to eligible LIFA recipients as soon as possible.

     A WFAO spokesperson explained that "eligible LIFA recipients" refers to those whose applications were made in the Applicable Period (i.e. from the beginning of six calendar months immediately before the month in which the Appropriation Bill 2017 is passed to the date of passage of the Appropriation Bill 2017). If the applications are sent by post, the date of the post-stamp will be adopted as the date of the LIFA application.

     New LIFA applicants or past LIFA recipients who do not qualify as "eligible LIFA recipients" are encouraged to submit their LIFA applications before the Applicable Period expires.

     The extra payment is equal to the average monthly amount payable to the recipients in their most recently approved LIFA applications, which varies from case to case, depending on the family composition, income and working hours of the applicants.

     For enquiries, please call the 24-hour hotline 2558 3000 or make use of the enquiry counters of the WFAO at 9/F, 181 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, or visit the LIFA website (lifa.gov.hk).
Ends/Saturday, April 1, 2017
Issued at HKT 9:15
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