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- Annual Highlights

Highlights of the Year 2019-20

  • As at end-March 2020, 5 projects were completed and have commenced service.  One other project has entered the construction stage and is expected to be completed in 2020.  These 6 projects provide various welfare services, including about 260 additional elderly service places (100 being subvented places) and about 1 020 additional rehabilitation service places (all being subvented places).  The remaining proposals are at different planning stages.  
  • The Chief Executive announced in Policy Address 2018 that the Government would implement a new phase of the Special Sites Scheme, under which targeted assistance is provided to participating NGOs during the planning or development process.  Through applications for expansion, redevelopment or new development on the sites owned by the participating organisations, the scheme aims at increasing the provision of much-needed welfare facilities, in particular additional places of elderly, rehabilitation and child care services.
  • Having regard to the experience gained under Phase One, the Government has proposed various enhanced features for Phase Two of the Special Sites Scheme, including an increase in the types of welfare services in the “Shopping List” as well as the types of welfare-related ancillary facilities that may be included in project proposals.  Besides, flexible funding arrangements under the LF will continue to be provided.
  • By the close of application for Phase Two of the Special Sites Scheme on 30 August 2019, 25 project proposals submitted by 16 NGOs had been received Note.  If all these project proposals could be implemented smoothly, a total of about 7 000 additional elderly, rehabilitation and child care service places will be provided.
    Note: Apart from the aforementioned 25 applications, 1 NGO applicant subsequently withdrew a project proposal.
  • SWD has carried out initial assessment on these proposals, and has sought preliminary views of relevant bureaux/departments on the proposals.  To assist the NGO applicants in refining their proposals, SWD has been convening first working meetings with them by batches since March 2020 to exchange views on the development parameters, types and numbers of service places to be provided, preliminary design, decanting arrangements, etc. in respect of the project proposals.

  • SWD has all along been adopting a multi-pronged approach with long, medium and short-term strategies to identifying suitable sites or premises in different types of development projects, including public housing development projects, private land development projects, development projects of the Urban Renewal Authority, redevelopment/conversion projects of vacant school premises, development projects on “Government, Institution or Community” (G/IC) sites, etc., for the provision of welfare facilities to meet the needs of the community.  SWD has incorporated conditions for suitable land sale sites, requiring private developers to construct welfare facilities specified by the Government.  SWD has further embarked on the planning and development of standalone welfare facilities on suitable vacant G/IC sites.
  • As at 31 March 2020, there were a total of over 360 welfare facilities under the planning of SWD.  These planned welfare facilities were at different stages of development i.e. close to completion, in progress or at various planning stages targeted for completion by 2028.
  • To push in tandem with all other possible means to secure and identify sites or premises, SWD has taken forward the initiative of purchasing premises in the private property market as a short-term measure to help meet the imminent need for premises for the earlier provision of welfare facilities.  In this regard, the Government briefed the Panel on Welfare Services of the Legislative Council on 10 June 2019 on the initiative of purchasing premises over some 3 years for the provision of welfare facilities.  Panel Members generally supported the submission of the proposal to the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council (Finance Committee) for funding approval.  After securing funding approval from the Finance Committee, SWD and the Government Property Agency would start relevant follow-up work as soon as possible.