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- Support for Self-reliance (SFS) Scheme

 

Support for Self-reliance Scheme
Support for Self-reliance (SFS) Scheme

The aim of the SFS Scheme is to assist the applicants to improve their employability and the chance to secure employment.

 

 

 

1. The Integrated Employment Assistance Programme for Self-reliance (IEAPS) 

The SWD has commissioned non-governmental organisations to operate the IEAPS to assist able-bodied CSSA applicants overcome work barriers and enhance their employability to find paid employment as soon as possible through the provision of a range of one-stop integrated employment assistance services on family basis.

Unemployed CSSA applicants have to find paid employment with working hours no less than 120 per month and earnings no less than the prescribed level set by the SWD.  Single parents and child carers on CSSA with their youngest child aged 12 to 14 have to find paid employment with working hours no less than 32 per month.

The service performance of the non-governmental organisations operating the IEAPS can be downloaded here: 

PDF Document(Acrobat Document)

 

 

2. Disregarded Earnings (DE)

With an aim to encourage CSSA applicants to secure and sustain employment, there is a provision of DE under the CSSA Scheme.

 

 

 

3. More Information (downloadable)

Downloading of the materials for reading and printing can be done through the use of the Adobe(R) acrobat(R) reader software which is available free at the Adobe Systems Inc. Website.

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Booklet on the Support for Self-reliance Scheme

 PDF Document (Acrobat Document)

 Word Document(MS Word Document)

Booklet on the Support for Self-reliance Scheme (in other translations)    
-Translation in HindiHindi Language  PDF Document(Acrobat Document)

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-Translation in Indonesian   PDF Document(Acrobat Document)

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-Translation in Nepali Nepali Language   PDF Document(Acrobat Document)

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-Translation in Tagalog   PDF Document(Acrobat Document)

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-Translation in ThaiThai Language   PDF Document(Acrobat Document)

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-Translation in UrduUrdu Language   PDF Document(Acrobat Document)

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Booklet on the Integrated Employment Assistance Programme for Self-reliance  PDF Document (Acrobat Document)  Word Document(MS Word Document) 
Pamphlet on Disregarded Earnings  PDF Document (Acrobat Document)  Word Document(MS Word Document) 

 

 

 4. Links

    Labour Department
   
Employees Retraining Board
    Construction Industry Council
    Other Support

   

 

 


Incentive Scheme to Further Encourage CSSA Recipients of the Integrated Employment Assistance Programme for Self-reliance to Secure Employment

1. Background and Objective

The Community Care Fund (CCF) has rolled out a three-year pilot  “Incentive Scheme to Further Encourage CSSA Recipients of the Integrated Employment Assistance Programme for Self-reliance (IEAPS) to Secure Employment” (the Incentive Scheme) with effect from 1 April 2014.  Administered by the Social Welfare Department (SWD), the Incentive Scheme aims to explore the feasibility and effectiveness of incentive payment as a means to further encourage able-bodied Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients to secure employment and ultimately to leave the CSSA net.

 

2. Participants

Around 2 050 able-bodied CSSA recipients of the IEAPS are randomly selected to participate in the Incentive Scheme. 

 

   

  3. Operating Agencies
   
 

SWD has commissioned non-governmental organisations currently operating IEAPS projects to assist in implementing the Incentive Scheme. 

   
   
4. Content
   
 

Under the Incentive Scheme, CSSA recipients working not less than 120 hours and earning more than $4,200 a month will not only benefit from the existing disregarded earnings, but will also be provided with an incentive grant if their accumulative earnings above the prescribed disregarded earnings limit reach the incentive target (i.e. two times the asset limit of the household). The recipients will leave the CSSA net upon receipt of the full incentive grant from the CCF in one go.

   
   
5. Evaluation Study
   
 

To evaluate the effectiveness of the Incentive Scheme, SWD has commissioned the Chinese University of Hong Kong to conduct an evaluation study.

   
   
6. Implementation Period
   
 

The Incentive Scheme will last for three years from April 2014 to March 2017.

   
   
7. Download Zone

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  • Brief on CCF’s Incentive Scheme to Further Encourage CSSA Recipients of the Integrated Employment Assistance Programme for Self-reliance (IEAPS) to Secure Employment  
    (Acrobat PDF Document)
            (Word Word Document)