Adjustment of income and asset limits of Work Incentive Transport Subsidy Scheme

     The income and asset limits of the Work Incentive Transport Subsidy (WITS) Scheme for household-based applications from households of two to five persons have been adjusted starting from the claim month of February this year. The new limits, detailed in the Annex, are applicable to applications for subsidy for that month onwards. Applicants who become eligible under the new limits may apply in August 2017 at the earliest for the six-month subsidy from February to July.

     Under the existing annual adjustment mechanism of the WITS Scheme, the income limits for (i) individual-based/one-person household-based applications and (ii) household-based applications from households of six persons or above would need to be adjusted downward with reference to the median monthly domestic household income in the third quarter of 2016. The Labour Department (LD) proposes to freeze the income limits for groups (i) and (ii) above in the annual adjustment exercise for 2017 as a special one-off arrangement, pending consultation with the Legislative Council. The income limits for these two groups will be announced later, while their new asset limits are shown in the Annex.
     For applications under groups (i) and (ii) above with claim periods straddling February 2017, i.e. the claim month in which the new income limits come into effect, the LD will first process those claim months before February 2017 to disburse the subsidy to eligible applicants. The remaining part of the applications relating to claim months of February 2017 onwards will be processed after the income limits for the above-mentioned two groups are confirmed.
     Enquiries about the new limits of the WITS Scheme can be made at its 24-hour hotline 2717 1771 (handled by 1823) and enquiry counters of the WITS Division of the LD at Unit 1225, 12/F, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay. Details of the Scheme are also available at the LD's homepage (

Ends/Monday, April 3, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:00