Arrangements for one-off extra allowance to WFA recipients

     The Government announced today (April 8) that, after the passage of the Appropriation Bill 2022, the Working Family Allowance Office (WFAO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency will disburse a one-off extra allowance to recipients of the Working Family Allowance (WFA) as announced in the 2022-23 Budget. It is expected that the extra allowance would be disbursed one month after the passage of the Bill at the earliest.

     Recipients who are eligible for the extra allowance are those whose WFA applications are made in the applicable period (i.e. from the first day of the month in which the Bill is passed to the date of passage of the Bill; and six calendar months before that month), and are eventually approved. For applications sent by post, the date of the postmark will be taken as the application date.

     New applicants or previous WFA recipients who have yet to submit applications in the applicable period should submit applications before the applicable period expires (i.e. on or before the date of passage of the Bill) in order to be eligible for the extra allowance.

     The extra allowance is equal to half of the average monthly amount of approved months payable to the corresponding recipients in their most recently submitted applications in the applicable period, and eventually approved. The amount varies from case to case.

     If a WFA household is receiving Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) on the date of the passage of the Bill, that household is eligible for only one single extra allowance, i.e. calculated based on the highest amount the household is eligible to receive under the WFA or CSSA Scheme.

     For enquiries, applicants may call the WFAO's hotline (2558 3000) or visit the website of the WFAO (

Ends/Friday, April 8, 2022
Issued at HKT 11:00