Social Security recipients to get one-off additional payment this month

     A one-off additional payment will be made by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) to recipients of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) as well as recipients of 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 this Thursday (June 15).

     A spokesman for the SWD said today (June 12) that the arrangement was part of a package of one-off relief measures announced by the Financial Secretary in his Budget Speech on February 22. The Legislative Council passed the Appropriation Bill 2017 on May 18 for the allocation of $3.5 billion for implementing the arrangement. Recipients who are eligible for social security payments on the date of the passage of the Appropriation Bill will be eligible for the one-off additional payment.

     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 under the CSSA Scheme. Recipients of OAA (including those payable under the GD Scheme), OALA and DA will receive an additional one month's allowance.

     The additional payment 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. Recipients are not required to make application for the additional payment. 

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

Ends/Monday, June 12, 2017
Issued at HKT 14:30