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Income and Asset Limits of LIFA Scheme for 2017-18 announced today
     The income and asset limits of the Low-income Working Family Allowance (LIFA) Scheme for 2017-18 were announced today (April 1). The new limits (see the Annex) are applicable to the claim months from April 2017 to March 2018. Under the LIFA Scheme, the claim period of an application is the six calendar months preceding the month in which the application is submitted, and an eligible family has to submit an application for every claim period.

     Under the LIFA Scheme, a family of two or more members meeting the income and asset limits may apply for a full-rate Basic Allowance ($600 per month), a full-rate Higher Allowance ($1,000 per month), a half-rate Basic Allowance ($300 per month) or a half-rate Higher Allowance ($500 per month) if the applicant meets the working hour requirements. Each eligible child may also be eligible for a full-rate Child Allowance ($800 per month) or a half-rate Child Allowance ($400 per month). The working hour requirements for single parents will be lower.

     There are 159 distribution outlets for application forms and related documents, including the Working Family Allowance Office (WFAO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA); the Student Finance Office of the WFSFAA; the Work Incentive Transport Subsidy Division, Job Centres and Industry-based Recruitment Centres of the Labour Department; the District Social Welfare Offices, Social Security Field Units and Integrated Family Service Centres of the Social Welfare Department; and the Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of the Home Affairs Department.

     Applications can be submitted by post to PO Box No. 62600 Kwun Tong Post Office (WFAO of the WFSFAA) or through the drop-in boxes at the WFAO, Student Finance Office of the WFSFAA, the Work Incentive Transport Subsidy Division of the Labour Department and the District Social Welfare Offices of the Social Welfare Department.
     For details, applicants are welcome to call the 24-hour hotline 2558 3000 or visit the enquiry counters of the WFAO at 9/F, 181 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong. Information about the LIFA Scheme is also available at the LIFA website (lifa.gov.hk).
Ends/Saturday, April 1, 2017
Issued at HKT 9:00
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