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Arrangements for one-off extra allowance to WFA recipients
     The Government announced today (April 14) that, after the passage of the Appropriation Bill 2023, the Working Family Allowance Office (WFAO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA) will disburse a one-off extra allowance to recipients of the Working Family Allowance (WFA) as announced in the 2023-24 Budget. It is expected that the extra allowance will be disbursed one month after the passage of the Bill at the earliest.

     Households who made WFA applications in the applicable period that were eventually approved are eligible for the extra allowance. The applicable period is from the first day of the month in which the Bill is passed to the date of passage of the Bill, and the six calendar months before that month. For applications sent by post, the date of the post-stamp will be taken as the application date.

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

     The extra allowance is equal to one half of the average monthly allowance in approved months in a recipient's most recently submitted WFA application, which was submitted during 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 only eligible for one single extra allowance, which will be calculated based on the highest amount the household is eligible to receive under the WFA Scheme or CSSA Scheme.

     For enquiries, applicants may visit the website of the WFSFAA (wfsfaa.gov.hk) or call the 24-hour hotline (2558 3000) of the WFAO.
Ends/Friday, April 14, 2023
Issued at HKT 16:45
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