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- Pilot Scheme on Relaxing the Household Income Limit of the Fee-waiving Subsidy Scheme under the After School Care Programme for Low-income Families and Increasing Fee-waiving Subsidy Places

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Pilot Scheme on Relaxing the Household Income Limit of the Fee-waiving Subsidy Scheme under the After School Care Programme for Low-income Families and Increasing Fee-waiving Subsidy Places

$d Background and Objectives
$d Target Beneficiaries
$d Application Procedures
$d Vetting of Applications and Payment of Fee-waiving Subsidy
$d Responsibilities of the Parent/Guardian
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$d Background and Objectives
 

A three-year “Pilot Scheme on Relaxing the Household Income Limit of the Fee-waiving Subsidy Scheme(Note 1) under the After School Care Programme for Low-income Families and Increasing Fee-waiving Subsidy Places” (the Pilot Scheme) launches in October 2017 by the Community Care Fund (CCF) to strengthen support for low-income families. The Pilot Scheme, administered by the Social Welfare Department (SWD), will start from October 2017 to the end of September 2020.

 
Note 1: Currently, ASCP is operated in the community by non-governmental organisations on a self-financing and fee-charging basis to provide support services and suitable care for children aged 6 to 12 whose parents are unable to take care of them after school for reasons of attending work, seeking open employment, participating in retraining courses/job attachment or due to other reasons. Services provided under ASCP include homework guidance, parent counselling and education, skills training and other social activities. Under the Fee-waiving Subsidy Scheme, SWD waives/reduces the ASCP fees for children of needy low-income families. The fee-waiving/reduction level is determined by ASCP operators according to the financial position of the children’s families. Details are set out below:
  • Families with monthly income at or below 55% of the MMDHI in the Quarterly Report on General Household Survey by the Census and Statistics Department are eligible for full fee-waiving;
  • Families with monthly income above 55% but not exceeding 75% of the MMDHI are eligible for half fee-reduction; or
  • Participants of SWD’s New Dawn Project are eligible for full fee-waiving.
 
$d Target Beneficiaries
 
The beneficiaries shall meet the following criteria:
  
  • children aged 6 to 12 receiving services under the After School Care Programme (ASCP);
  • their parents/guardians are unable to take care of them after school for reasons of attending work, seeking open employment, participating in employment retraining courses/job attachment or due to other reasons(Note 2); and
  • their monthly household income does not exceed 100% of the Median Monthly Domestic Household Income (MMDHI) applicable to the corresponding household size (Note 2). Please refer to “Guide on Reporting Income” at Annex 1 for the method of calculating the household income.
   
Note 2: Other reasons include social and medical factors as assessed by a social worker, such as health problems of the parent(s)/guardian, special care needs of children or other family members, or family relationship issues, etc. Approval from a social worker/supervisor of an ASCP centre of ASP is required.
 
Note 3: The monthly household income limit is set with reference to the relevant MMDHI published in the latest Quarterly Report on General Household Survey by the Census and Statistics Department at the time of application by the parent/guardian. For purposes of the Pilot Scheme, “family” generally refers to a household of people with close economic ties (excluding those arising from employment relationship) living in the same premises. This will include family members residing together in Hong Kong and persons who share or are obliged to share the provisions for a living. Such member(s) and/or person(s) must be Hong Kong resident(s). Monthly household income refers to the income for the month or the average monthly income for the three months (income not paid on a monthly basis, e.g. double pay, bonus, contract gratuity, etc. should be apportioned over the period concerned) prior to the submission of application, whichever is the lower. Income includes the following items:
  • Employment earnings: salary, double pay/leave pay, work allowance, bonuses /prize/commission/tip/contract gratuity, income from rendering services, business profits, etc.
  • Other income: contributions from children, financial assistance from relatives/friends, alimony, monthly pension/widow’s and orphans’ payments or pensions, investment profits, interest income from fixed deposits, dividends, rental income, etc.
but excludes employee’s mandatory contributions to the Mandatory Provident Fund scheme, financial assistance provided by the Government, charitable donations, financial assistance from other assistance programmes under CCF, etc.
   
$d Application Procedures
   
  • The parent/guardian of an eligible child may apply during the implementation period of the Pilot Scheme by submitting a completed application form to an ASCP centre of an approved service provider (ASP) (please refer to Annex 2 for a list of ASPs), together with the following documents for vetting:
    • a copy of the child’s birth certificate/identification document;
    • a copy of the parent’s/guardian’s Hong Kong Identity Card;
    • proof of household income; and
    • deposit and withdrawal records on bank book(s), etc.
   
$d Vetting of Applications and Payment of Fee-waiving Subsidy
   
  • Payment of the fee-waiving subsidy under ASCP will not be made directly by the SWD to the parents/guardians of the child beneficiaries.
  • Applications will be vetted by ASCP centres of ASPs on the basis of the eligibility criteria set out in paragraph 2 and the following fee-waiving/reduction categories:
     
    Full fee-waiving: Families with monthly income at or below 55% of the MMDHI;
    Half fee-reduction: Families with monthly income above 55% but not exceeding 75% of the MMDHI;
    One-third fee-reduction: Families with monthly income above 75% but not exceeding 100% of the MMDHI;
       
  • Upon completion of the vetting procedures, parents/guardians of the children will be notified of application results by letters issued by the ASCP centres, and arrangements will be made for eligible children to receive services and the relevant fee-waiving subsidy under ASCP subject to the number of service places available in the centres. Fee-waiving/reduction will be granted to eligible children starting from October 2017 at the earliest.
  • Currently, fees for ASCP services are set by the operators and may differ depending on the session and scope of services provided and whether meals are offered by the ASCP centres. The service fee for each eligible child will be calculated by the ASCP centres on the basis of the respective amount of fee-waiving subsidy under the Pilot Scheme. The amounts are set out as follows:
     
      Full fee-waiving Half fee-reduction One-third fee-reduction
    Morning/Afternoon session(Note 4) $1,200 $600 $400
    Late afternoon session $900 $450 $300
     
  • SWD will conduct sample checks on a regular basis to verify the eligibility of the child for the fee-waiving subsidy. Subsidies for those who no longer meet the eligibility criteria (e.g. due to changes in their household financial position) will cease from the month following that in which they become ineligible. Application may be made to the ASCP centres of ASPs if they satisfy the eligibility criteria again before the end of the Pilot Scheme.
   
Note 4: In general, the morning session runs from 8 am to 1 pm, the afternoon session from 1 pm to 6 pm and the late afternoon session from 3 or 4 pm to 7 or 8 pm.
   
$d Responsibilities of the Parent/Guardian
   
 
  • Information provided by the parent/guardian must be true, correct and complete. The ASCP centre/CCF Team of SWD should be notified of any change of the relevant information as soon as possible. Any amount verified by SWD as overpayment during sample checks will have to be returned.
  • The parent/guardian is required to participate in an opinion survey and evaluation study on the Pilot Scheme conducted by SWD.
   
   
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$d Brief and Annexes on Pilot Scheme on Relaxing the Household Income Limit of the Fee-waiving Subsidy Scheme under the After School Care Programme for Low-income Families and Increasing Fee-waiving Subsidy Places

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$d Pilot Scheme on Relaxing the Household Income Limit of the Fee-waiving Subsidy Scheme under the After School Care Programme for Low-income Families and Increasing Fee-waiving Subsidy Places--Application Form 
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$d The latest Median Monthly Domestic Household Income 
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