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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 able-bodied Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) applicants / recipients to improve their employability and the chance to secure employment.




1. Employment Support Services (EmSS) 

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has commissioned non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to operate the EmSS with a view to assisting able-bodied CSSA applicants / recipients overcome work barriers and enhance their employability so that they can find paid employment* as soon as possible through the provision of integrated employment support services on a family basis.

*For those unemployed CSSA applicants / recipients aged 15 to 59 who are working no less than 120 hours per month with earnings no less than the prescribed level set by the SWD, or those able-bodied CSSA adults aged 60 to 64 who are working no less than 60 hours per month, as well as those single parents and child carers on CSSA with their youngest child aged 12 to 14 who are working no less than 32 hours per month, they need not to participate in the SFS Scheme.

The service performance of the employment assistance programme previously operated by the NGOs under the SFS Scheme  can be downloaded here: 

PDF Document(Acrobat Document)



2. Disregarded Earnings (DE)

With an aim to encourage CSSA recipients 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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Document Format
Pamphlet on the Support for Self-reliance Scheme

 PDF Document (Acrobat Document)

 Word Document(MS Word Document)

Pamphlet on the Employment Support Services  PDF Document (Acrobat Document)  Word Document(MS Word Document)
Pamphlet on Disregarded Earnings  PDF Document (Acrobat Document)  Word Document(MS Word Document) 



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